Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Report: 51 Astor Place remains tenant free for now

[EVG file photo]

The Wall Street Journal had an article yesterday (subscription required) on the well-regarded brokerage firm Jones Lang LaSalle and its work leasing 51 Astor Place.

Now the firm is facing one of its biggest challenges yet: representing developer Edward Minskoff in his effort to lease up his new 400,000-square-foot development at 51 Astor Place in the East Village. The building, which opened in May, has yet to sign a single tenant.

And there were a few close calls, such as Microsoft, which opted for Times Square, and Facebook, which decided to lease space directly across the street at 770 Broadway in Midtown South.

Regardless, Paul Glickman, a vice chairman at Jones Lang, told the Journal that "70 percent of the building is close to being leased but declined to name tenants."

Sources said that developer Edward Minskoff "took a risk by developing a modern office tower in a neighborhood best known for funky older buildings — in high demand among technology firms and media businesses."

There's also a matter of rent, which may be too pricy for the area. Rents at 51 Astor reportedly vary from the $80 a square foot for lower floors to more than $100 a square foot for higher floors.

Previously on EV Grieve:
51 Astor Place demolition begins July 1; 17 months to build new black-glass tower

East Village — the new Midtown?


pinhead said...

I'm pretty sure that "close" to 70% leased won't cover debt service, Eddie.

Gojira said...

And I am close to 70% a millionaire - in my dreams. Not unlike the leasing situation in this hideous thing.

sam_the_man said...

Calling all crusties! Introducing Astor Squat.

Anonymous said...

No demand. Plenty of supply.

Ken from Ken's Kitchen said...

Build it and they will come, Minskoff thought. If I recall correctly, the discussion here was that rents were too high and the kind of tenants that Minskoff was trying to attract seem to prefer re-purposed older buildings, not shiny glass towers.

I'm not in real estate so I'm not sure about this, but turning Astor place into 6th Ave by putting up buildings like this may also hurt Astor Place's cachet with tech and ad agency-types.

Dave - everywhere said...

Cool - a vacant death star. When the rents get down to $950 a month (plus utils of course), I'll make them an offer.

bowery boy said...

The damage is done, but I have guilt for wishing so much bad on this place. May they never book a single tenant.

rob said...

"Ideal for a single family mansion," says a glossy, full color (black, off-black, blacker and glare) ad for it I received in my mail this afternoon.

It continues "in an elegant neighborhood redefining itself as the eastern rival to NoHo, NoPlace." Unbelievable what realtors will write to sell a space!

nygrump said...

My company looked into this, its expensive and not located conveniently for commuters. Someone will show up, I'm surprised the NYU Administration doesn't move in, its super expensive and has nothing to do with education, right up their alley.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Isn't 51 Astor still being built? They should have tenants by now, but I don't recall it being opened by May 2013. I'm pretty sure there's a ton of construction going on and it doesn't look complete at all. They put up benches and stuff, but open?

Am I confusing it with another building?

Jill said...

It looks like it won't be too hard to take down, a 10-in-1 tool should do the trick. I would volunteer to help.