The Real Deal did some analysis of Jared Kushner's recent East Village buying spree.
A few passages:
The institutional-level Kushner Companies, a major residential and commercial landlord which has purchased 408 apartment units in 25 buildings in the past seven months, and is in contract to buy another 49 apartments in six more walk-ups in the coming weeks. And Kushner plans to buy more, real estate sources said.
“[Kushner] love[s] the East Village because there are a ton of people looking to rent there and under 1 percent vacancy,” an industry source said. “[It is] now likely the largest landlord in the East Village with all [its] acquisitions, and will continue to buy more.”
The acquisitions have raised the eyebrows of tenants and advocates who see the move as another example of expanding gentrification, and wonder how the Uptown, white-shoe-style owner and its management firm Westminster Management will operate in the East Village.
Indeed, there is a super-tenant meeting in the works. (Details here.)
Kushner paid $179 million for the total package. Ben Shaoul and company had paid $122.6 million. (The one 17-buildiing portfolio looks to return $4 million a year in profits.)
The buildings post Magnum Real Estate/Westbrook Partners/ Meadow Partners now roughly contain 70 percent free-market rate units ...
“With a succession of owners that often abused the tenants, [the buildings] are now [majority] market rate and of no great public interest, and that has really damaged the neighborhood,” Benjamin Dulchin, executive director of advocacy group Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, said. He blamed a major change in rent-stabilization laws in 1996 that allowed for owners to deregulate apartments under certain conditions. “The neighborhood is losing income diversity that made it such a wonderful [area].”
Read the full article from Friday afternoon here.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: Jared Kushner paid $49 million for 7 more Ben Shaoul-owned properties in the East Village
Ben Shaoul and company put East Fourth Street buildings on the market for $25 million
4 East Fourth Street apartment buildings hit market for $32 million
Rumors: Is Ben Shaoul selling his East Village properties?