Metlife Lends $141M in Clarion’s $282M Purchase of 114 West 41st Street [Updated]


Blackstone and its subsidiary EQ Office have sold 114 West 41st Street to Clarion Partners for $282 million, Commercial Observer has learned. Metlife provided a $141 million loan for the fee-simple acquisition, sources told CO.

Newmark Knight Frank’s James Kuhn, Edward Maher, David Colen and James Tribble negotiated the transaction on behalf of the sellers.

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NKF Capital Markets co-heads Dustin Stolly and Jordan Roeschlaub negotiated the debt but declined to comment on the transaction. 

The 22-story office and retail asset—located between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas—totals 349,274 square feet. The previous owners recently repositioned the property with a $30 million capital investment. The hundred-plus-year-old tower is currently 91 percent leased to 13 office tenants, including SpotCo, Roku and Kensington Publishing, as well as street-level restaurants. When plans for the building were announced in 1913, the tower—with its unusual sculptures of men in medieval costume carved into the facade—was the largest commercial building north of 23rd Street, according to the New York American Annual Real Estate Review.

Recent improvements include a new lobby that connects entrances on West 40th and West 41st Streets, updated elevators and larger floor-to-ceiling windows for the building’s street-level storefronts, according to CoStar Group.

“114W41 offers modern, collaborative office space with an urban feel, directly appealing to the new breed of cutting edge, fast-growing TAMI tenants that are currently flocking to Bryant Park,” Maher said in prepared remarks. “The asset further benefits from unobstructed views of Bryant Park, which is one of the busiest public spaces in the world.”

The Real Deal first reported in June that EQ Office was looking to sell the Bryant Park asset for around $300 million. EQ Office has owned the property since 2014, after buying it from L.H Charney & Associates for $165.7 million. It financed that acquisition with a $140 million loan from Deutsche Bank, city property records show.

NKF will continue to be responsible for the building’s leasing on behalf of Clarion.

Clarion, based in Midtown Manhattan, counts nearly $50 billion of assets under management with an eye towards executing strategies ranging from managing core, stabilized real estate to more capital-intensive renovation work. Other holdings include Houston’s Westchase Park office complex; Constitution Center in Washington, D.C.; Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach, Fla. and One Victory Park, an office building in Dallas.

Officials at Clarion Partners did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Blackstone declined to comment. Officials at Metlife could not immediately be reached for comment.

This story was updated to include the acquisition financing amount and lender.