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Accounting Firm Triples Footprint at ESRT’s One Grand Central Place 

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP), the eighth largest accounting firm in the United States, expanded to lease the entire 51st floor of Empire State Realty Trust’s One Grand Central Place for a total of 12,422 square feet. The tenant is tripling in size at the East Midtown office building after moving in less than two years ago. 

“We are excited about our growth with Empire State Realty Trust at One Grand Central Place and the additional opportunities we’ll be able to create in this space,” said Jen Leary, CEO, CLA. “Our expansion was a turnkey, enjoyable process thanks to ESRT, and is a testament to the dedication and forward-looking vision of our professionals.” 

Andrew Blaustein and Ben Shapiro of Newmark represented CLA in the lease negotiations. Scott Klau, Neil Rubin, Erik Harris, and William Cohen of Newmark represented the property owner. 

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