SL Green Realty, New York City’s largest commercial property owner, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eleven Madison Avenue in New York City for $2.285 billion plus approximately $300 million in costs associated with lease stipulated improvements to the property. The building is being sold by a joint venture of The Sapir Organization and CIM Group. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
Eleven Madison Avenue is a 29-story, 2.3 million square foot Class-A, Midtown South office property that was built in 1929 and originally served as the headquarters of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. After a $700 million modernization in the 1990s, it became the North American headquarters of Credit Suisse, which continues to be the largest tenant in the building today. It also will serve as the new headquarters for Sony Corp. of America. The balance of the building is occupied by Yelp, Young & Rubicam, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and Fidelity Investments, along with the Eleven Madison Park restaurant, which earned Three Stars from the Michelin Guide
The property features an art-deco design highlighted by an Alabama limestone exterior, elegantly appointed main lobby, state of the art building systems, and large floor plates. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
SL Green Co-Chief Investment Officer, Isaac Zion, commented, “Eleven Madison Avenue is one of the best assets in New York City’s vibrant Midtown South submarket, with floor-plate sizes, amenities, and a robust infrastructure that are truly unique to the area. Occupying a full block across from Madison Square Park, the building has direct connectivity to One Madison Avenue, a 1.2 million square foot building that is leased to Credit Suisse and also owned by SL Green.”
“After the past two years of repositioning the asset and value creation through leaseup and renovations, we are pleased to consummate this sale with SL Green”, said Alex Sapir, President of the Sapir Organization. “We trust that they will continue to own and operate this trophy asset in the same manner that we have over the past 12 years.”
The law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP represented SL Green. The seller was represented by Darcy Stacom and Bill Shanahan of CBRE, Inc. along with the law firm of DLA Piper (US).