Peebles and Elad settle their spat over
Clock Tower project in Tribeca

Partners to continue joint development

TRD New York /
Oct.October 05, 2017 11:40 AM

Don Peebles, Isaac Tshuva and 346 Broadway

The Peebles Corporation and Elad Group settled a legal dispute that threatened to derail their $400 million-plus Clock Tower condominium conversion in Tribeca, the companies announced Wednesday.

Peebles will keep its minority stake, while Elad “will continue managing the development,” a spokesperson said, declining to comment further.

Peebles sued Elad in January for $125 million, alleging that the Israeli development firm cheated it out of its right to sell its stake. Elad countersued in March, alleging Peebles refused to okay an offering plan in an attempt to strong-arm its partner.

The two firms bought the 400,000-square-foot landmarked former court building at 346 Broadway from the city for $160 million in 2013. Elad took a 65 percent stake and Peebles owned the rest. They planned to turn the property into 151 condos, but the project soon ran into trouble.

In April 2016, a judge ruled that the developers could not turn the building’s clock into an electric machine, ending plans to turn the building’s top floors into apartments. Peebles then announced it planned to exercise a so-called put option, which would force Elad to buy out its partner. Elad blocked the move, according to Peebles. Lawsuits ensued.

The legal drama morphed into a threat to the project: Loan agreements require the developers to sell 35 units by Aug. 2, 2018. And if the projected isn’t completed within five years of the sale, the city could take back the property.

Related Articles


California passes landmark rent control law

From left: The El Ad Group's Isaac Tshuva, 108 Leonard Street and the Peebles Organization's Don Peebles (Credit: Delek Group, Google Maps, and Peebles Corporation)

El Ad, Peebles land $450M condo inventory loan for Tribeca’s Clock Tower conversion

The Watchtower building at 25 Columbia Heights, CIM Group’s Shaul Kuba (right) and LIVWRK’s Asher Abehsera (Credit: Wikipedia, CIM Group, and LinkedIn)

JPMorgan leads $335M refi for CIM and LIVWRK’s Watchtower renovation

The construction giants catching a Windy City windfall

David Marx of MDG Real Estate and the site at 71-05 Parsons Boulevard in Queens (Credit: Google Images and iStock)

Here’s a weird one: David Marx plans towers at Queens site he bought from his own company

Resi scorecard: Brooklyn and Queens condo inventory through June 2019

Mack-Cali sells Paramus office property, Murphy enacts land bank reforms & more North Jersey real estate news

Jeff Bezos and Amazon HQ in Silicon Valley (Credit: Getty Images)

Why Amazon HQ2 is already rattling the local housing market