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Alexandria to build 550K sf life-sciences tower at East Side campus

REIT inks deal with the city to move forward on third building
By Rich Bockmann | October 18, 2018 04:10PM

John Cunningham and the Alexandria Center for Life Science campus at 430 East 29th Street (Credit: Cooper Union and Startup Columbia)

Alexandria Real Estate Equities reached an agreement with the city that allows the company to move forward with plans for a 550,000-square-foot tower at its East Side life-sciences campus.

The California-based real estate investment trust announced Thursday that it signed an amendment allowing it start development on the north tower at its 1.3 million-square-foot campus along the FDR Drive between East 28th and East 30th streets.

The deal increases the size of the north tower – the third building on the site – from the originally planned 420,000 square feet to 550,000 square feet. It could cost around $700 million to build, according to Crain’s.

John Cunningham, Alexandria’s director for the New York City region, said the north tower will be “designed to meet the needs of early-stage companies spinning out of world-class academic and medical institutions, which comprise the majority of demand in New York City.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has pushed to make the city a hot spot for the biotech and life-sciences sectors, which are booming in places like Boston. Earlier this week, the Long Island City Partnership released a report pitching the Queens neighborhood as an ideal place for a hub.

Alexandria last week bought a Long Island City building for $75 million, which it plans to convert to life-science and biotech uses.

Earlier this year, the company teamed up with David Werner to buy Pfizer’s Midtown East headquarters for $365 million.