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Kaufman Enters 99-Year Ground Lease on Haymarket Building

The Kaufman Organization acquired The Haymarket Building at 135 W. 29th St. for $34.5 million from MFM Properties LLC under a newly formed 99-year ground lease. Michael Kazmierski, president of Kaufman Investments, led the acquisition along with Kaufman Investments’ Lorenzo Bakewell-Stone. 

“As the most active office investor in Midtown South and creator of newly formed office ground leases in Manhattan over the last half-decade, The Haymarket Building presents an excellent opportunity to capitalize on our core expertise,” said Kazmierski.  “This will be our third Midtown South office acquisition in the past 14 months, and we look forward to continuing our contribution to the evolution of this submarket.” 
135 W. 29th is an 82,000-square-foot, loft commercial building built in 1911 and approximately 70% occupied. The remaining vacant offices offer mixed-use, flexible spaces to accommodate a variety of businesses and industries. Kaufman plans to undertake a renovation and repositioning program.


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