Completes Full Building Repositioning
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 16, 2018–
SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), New York City’s largest office
landlord, today announced that it has signed WeWork, the leading
provider of shared workspace, to a 138,563-square-foot lease covering
floors 3-13 at 609 Fifth Avenue.
WeWork’s commitment to lease the entire office portion of the building
completes SL Green’s repositioning of 609 Fifth Avenue, a 13-story,
170,000 square foot retail and office building, located in the heart of
Fifth Avenue’s Gold Coast shopping district, across from Saks Fifth
Avenue. In addition to 11 floors of office space, WeWork will also have
a dedicated lobby entrance located on 49th Street.
In March, renowned sports brand PUMA signed a long term,
24,000-square-foot flagship retail lease for a three-level retail store
at the building that will feature double-height storefronts across 160
feet of wraparound frontage. PUMA will take possession of the space in
November 2018 and is expected to open its store in the second half of
2019. With the commitments from PUMA and WeWork, the building is now 96%
leased, 12 months ahead of SL Green’s expectations. The single remaining
space is a 4,941 square foot marquee retail store located in between the
WeWork entrance and the Puma flagship for which several tenant proposals
have already been submitted.
“We’re delighted to welcome WeWork to 609 Fifth Avenue as we
strategically expand our relationship,” said Steven Durels, Executive
Vice President and Director of Leasing and Real Property at SL Green,
who added “Our redevelopment design which includes relocation of the
existing Fifth Avenue lobby together with the entire elevator core to
the 49th Street side of the building added high value retail
space while also creating an enhanced office environment.”
“We’re very pleased to be strengthening our partnership with SL Green by
opening a WeWork at 609 Fifth Avenue. This is an iconic location, and
when the opportunity to take over the entire office space presented
itself, we simply could not say no. Given the demand we are seeing in
the area, we have no doubt that our fast growing community will be a
perfect fit for this newly-revitalized building,” said Granit
Gjonbalaj, Chief Development Officer at WeWork.
The lease at 609 5th Avenue is the second full-building lease
that SL Green has signed with WeWork. In 2015, SL Green signed WeWork to
a 136,000 square feet lease comprising all nine floors of a commercial
condominium at 315 West 36th Street. SL Green unlocked substantial asset
value in connection with the sale of its interest in that property in
the fourth quarter of that year.
Peter Riguardi, Howard Hersch and Joseph Messina at Jones Lang LaSalle
represented WeWork in the transaction.
About SL Green Realty Corp.
SL Green Realty Corp., an S&P 500 company and New York City’s largest
office landlord, is a fully integrated real estate investment trust, or
REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing
value of Manhattan commercial properties. As of June 30, 2018, SL Green
held interests in 116 Manhattan buildings totaling 49.3 million square
feet. This included ownership interests in 28.3 million square feet of
Manhattan buildings and debt and preferred equity investments secured by
21.1 million square feet of buildings. In addition, SL Green held
ownership interests in 21 suburban buildings totaling 2.9 million square
feet in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Connecticut.
Source: SL Green Realty Corp.
SL Green Realty Corp.
Chief Financial Officer