One Vanderbilt to cost over $3.1B: SL Green

City’s largest office landlord hopes to seal $1.5B construction loan by end of summer

One Vanderbilt Marc Holliday
From left: Rendering of One Vanderbilt in Midtown and Marc Holliday

SL Green Realty shed more light on how it intends to finance its massive One Vanderbilt office development in Midtown – pegging the project’s total cost at $3.14 billion and noting that it hopes to close on a $1.5 billion construction loan by the end of the summer.

The city’s largest office landlord will need around $1.64 billion in equity to complete the planned 65-story, 1.7 million-square-foot building, SL Green said Tuesday at NAREIT’s REITWeek 2016 Investor Forum in Midtown.

As previously indicated, SL Green is currently in discussions with potential joint venture partners on One Vanderbilt, which is slated to rise to a height of more than 1,500 feet near Grand Central Terminal.

The company detailed how selling a 50 percent stake in the project would bring cover roughly $820 million of the required equity, and SL Green CEO Marc Holliday was confident the REIT would be able to score a partner and fund a project that will cost it north of $1,800 per square foot.

Holliday acknowledged that a “project of this size does present an element of risk.” Though leasing the building would not be a problem, he said, the scale and expense of the project meant SL Green would prefer to have a partner.

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One Vanderbilt’s $3.14 billion price tag would put it in select company. One World Trade Center, which opened in 2014, became the world’s most expensive office tower after costing around $3.8 billion to build, while Tishman Speyer’s planned 2.85 million-square-foot, Bjarke Ingels-designed office tower at 66 Hudson Boulevard — known as the Spiral — is expected to cost north of $3 billion.

SL Green also announced Tuesday that it has signed New York Life Insurance Co. to a nearly 115,000-square-foot lease renewal and expansion at 420 Lexington Avenue, the Midtown office property also known as the Graybar Building.

The 10-year deal with New York Life sees the insurance company take an additional, nearly 27,000 square feet on the 14th floor.

SL Green president Andrew Mathias noted that leasing demand, particularly from financial services tenants, has broadly “continued unabated.” Holliday added that job growth in the financial services sector “has been a modest grower, not subtractor, in 2016.”

Holliday also touched upon SL Green’s underperforming share price, which opened at $100.49 on Tuesday and is trading at a roughly 30 percent discount to the net value of the REIT’s assets – saying that it’s the executive team’s “job to narrow or eliminate that gap with where the stock price currently trades.