An office building that saw leasing pause well before the pandemic may finally be turning a corner.
Hellman & Friedman has recently signed a 15-year, 27,800 square-foot lease at 425 Park Avenue, developed by L&L Holding Company, the New York Post reported. The private equity firm plans to move from its current location at Lever House, just a few blocks away at 390 Park Avenue, later this year.
The Hellman & Friedman deal ends the drought of new leases signed at the 47-story 425 Park Avenue. You have to go all the way back to January 2019 for the last deal inked: Ken Griffin’s Citadel, which added 124,000 square feet to its existing lease. The hedge fund, which is the building’s anchor tenant, reportedly agreed to pay $300 per square foot for the top two floors and $200 per square foot for the other 14 floors.
L&L’s David W. Levinson told the Post earlier this year that he had “adjusted” lofty rents at 425 Park in the pandemic-driven downturn.
Though the $1 billion project — developed by L&L in partnership with Tokyu Land Corp, along with co-managing partner BentallGreenOak — was beset by delays, it’s now close to completion.