The Real Deal New York

From the ashes of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the FDNY might find a new home

Department is considering leasing 40K sf at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn
By Rich Bockmann | August 01, 2017 02:25PM

Daniel A. Nigro and 1 Pierrepont Plaza (Credit: Getty Images and One Pierrepont Plaza)

The New York City Fire Department plans to extinguish some of the last remnants of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in Brooklyn.

New York’s Bravest are negotiating to lease half of Clinton’s former 80,000-square-foot campaign headquarters at Forest City New York’s 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, according to a notice from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

The FDNY plans to take 40,000 square feet on the 11th floor of the 19-story tower, one of two floors the Clinton campaign leased in 2015 soon before the Democratic presidential candidate announced her official – and ultimately unsuccessful – bid for the office.

Clinton had leased the space for a two-year term, and it hit the market in January. Asking rents in the building had previously been reported around $50 per square foot.

The 40,000-square-foot 10th floor is also listed as available on Forest City’s website. The FDNY’s current administrative offices are housed nearby at 9 MetroTech Center, also owned by Forest City, but the department has outgrown the space.

“The number of staff currently assigned to 9 Metrotech Center exceeds the building capacity,” the department’s application reads. “The FDNY has taken steps [to] create more space by reducing the size of work stations and converting conference rooms and storage areas into office space, but additional space is still needed.”

The FDNY said it plans to relocate 170 staffers into the new space. Other city agencies in the building include the Office of Court Administration and the Law Department, which recently signed a lease for 40,000 square feet.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Brooklyn offices are also located in the tower, where the firm signed a deal last year for 15,100 square feet. And the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburg last year signed a 10-year lease for 42,000 square feet.

Forest City Realty Trust, the Cleveland-based parent of the Brooklyn development firm, announced plans in June to lay off 50 employees as it sells off its retail and entertainment holdings. The company last year set in motion a restructuring plan to focus its business on urban office properties and apartments.