Amazon signs 300K-sf lease in Middle Village

E-commerce giant is taking space at Rentar Plaza in Middle Village

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Rentar Plaza at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Queens (inset) (Credit: Getty Images and Rentar Development)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Rentar Plaza at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Queens (inset) (Credit: Getty Images and Rentar Development)

Amazon is continuing to boost its presence in New York City with a big new lease.

The e-commerce giant is taking roughly 300,000 square feet of space in Queens’ Rentar Plaza, according to loan database TreppWire. The servicer on the $132 million loan backed by the complex submitted a note to the database that said Amazon would be taking over the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 109,000-square-foot space, plus the remaining 190,000 square feet of vacant space in the property.

Long Island-based Rentar Development owns the 1.6 million-square-foot office, retail and warehouse complex at 66-26 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. The Met’s lease was set to expire in July, and the Amazon lease brings the property to full occupancy.

The City of New York is the property’s largest tenant with more than 500,000 square feet of space, mainly used for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.

Representatives for Amazon and the Met did not respond to requests for comment, and representatives for Rentar Development declined to comment.

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Rentar Development is led by Dennis Ratner and Felice Bassin, and the firm has developed more than 4 million square feet of mainly retail and industrial property in the New York area.

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Write to Eddie Small at es@therealdeal.com