In the spring of 2012, GRJ, a fund co-founded and co-managed by brothers Graham and Gregory Jones, bought the 78-unit, three-building package of 50-58 E. Third St.
There was plenty of drama in subsequent months here between First Avenue and Second Avenue, as a number of longtime tenants lost their leases. The residents formed a tenants group; local politicians came out to offer support during a rally in May 2012. However, as one former resident put it, the Big Real Estate Machine was too great to overcome.
After extensive gut renovations, the buildings were later rebranded the "East Village3" (aka "EV3"), where the newly renovated apartments were fetching from $4,900 to $11,000 per month.
Per Gregory Jones in the news release announcing the sale: "We see a real opportunity to reposition the buildings. We'll invest significant capital and we look forward to creating the most desirable walk-ups in the East Village."
All the capital improvements paid off for GRJ. As The Real Deal first reported on Friday, GRJ has sold the buildings to developer Anbau Enterprises for $58 million.
The deal marks the first purchase of an income-producing asset for Anbau, which is best known for its ground-up projects. A spokesperson for Anbau told The Real Deal that the company’s move into income-producing assets was not a sign of limpness in the condominium market but simply a bet on a neighborhood they believe is good value.
“We want to augment our growing in-house condominium business by investing in New York City markets that have long-term growth potential – the East Village certainly fits the bill,” said Anbau managing director Barbara van Beuren.
A broker on the deal said that about 25 percent of the apartments remain as rent-stabilized units.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader report: Three apartment buildings sold on East Third Street
Advocate for East Third Street buildings moving to Washington Heights
More about the lease renewals at 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St.
Tenants at 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St. banding to together in face of building sale
More drama at 50-58 E. Third St.; 'heavy construction' awaits tenants who stay
And now the renovations really begin at 50-58 E. Third St.
The 'East Village3' is ready for you; for that 'Industrial Chic feel'