601W Companies signed four new tenants in its office complex at 550 West Jackson Boulevard, breathing new life into a building that has struggled financially recently.
The New York-based firm will lease over 140,000 square feet to the four companies, with half of that space going to the building’s new anchor tenant, insurance company W.R. Berkley, according to Crain’s. Also inking leases were Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Collins Engineers and electronic payment company Verifone.
The new leasing activity signals a turnaround for a building that had performed poorly since 601W acquired it just before the recession.
601W bought the 18-story, 407,000 square-foot building for $125 million in 2005, according to Crain’s. The firm refinanced the property with a $97.5 million loan in 2007, but the economic recession and slow leasing activity helped send the loan into receivership.
Early last year, 601W took out a new, $87.7 million mortgage on the property, with plans for a $12.5 million renovation.
With the new tenants, the building is now 85 percent leased, up from 61 percent in July, according to Crain’s.
The building sits in an area of the Loop that’s seeing a resurgence of office leasing and development. That includes 601W’s overhaul of the massive Old Main Post Office nearby, and Blackstone’s $668 million upgrade of the Willis Tower. [Crain’s] — Joe Ward