GTJ REIT, a Long Island-based real estate investment trust, is looking to sell a seven-acre East Elmhurst development site just south of LaGuardia airport, according to marketing materials obtained by The Real Deal.
Sources familiar with the plans said GTJ is expected to sell the site for north of $100 million.
Rental-car giant Avis currently holds a 20-year triple net lease that is set to expire in 2023. Budget Rent a Car, an affiliate of Avis, subleases the properties for office and storage space. The low-rise buildings were renovated in 2004 and span a combined 47,000 square feet. Aside from the buildings, the site serves as one large rental-car parking lot.
Despite Avis’ long-term lease, GTJ hired Meridian Capital Group to market the site as a development opportunity down the road. The ample air rights allow for either a residential use or a commercial use such as manufacturing or community space. In 2013, the City Council approved a 127-block rezoning that seeks to preserve low-rise buildings.
The existing properties have a net operating income of $2.4 million, the documents show. Average rent at the buildings is $51.63 per square foot.
GTJ, which could not be reached for comment, has owned the site for more than 30 years, according to property records.
A Meridian Capital Group investment sales team led by David Schechtman, Lipa Lieberman and Abie Kassin declined to comment.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is planning a $4.2 billion overhaul of the nearby airport. Last month, however, the board voted to delay a vote approving a ground lease deal with a group of developers.