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Vornado, Rudin and Ken Griffin have entered into an agreement for three Midtown Manhattan office towers

Vornado, Rudin Enter Agreement on Midtown Manhattan Towers with Ken Griffin

(Updated with additional information)

Vornado Realty Trust and Rudin have reached agreements with Citadel Enterprise Americas LLC and with an affiliate of Citadel founder Ken Griffin on a series of transactions relating to 350 Park Ave. and 40 E. 52nd St.  

Citadel will master lease Vornado’s 585,000-square-foot 350 Park Ave. office building on an “as is” basis for 10 years, with an initial annual net rent of $36 million. Citadel will also master lease Rudin’s adjacent 390,000-square-foot property at 40 E. 52nd St. 

In addition, Vornado has entered into a joint venture with Rudin to purchase 39 E. 51st St. for $40 million. The JV would combine 39 E. 51st, 350 Park and 40 E. 52nd to create a development site valued at least $1.2 billion. 

If Girffin exercises his option to acquire a 60% stake in the JV, then Vornado and Rudin would develop the site. Alternately, Griffin could acquire the site for $1.4 billion, with Vornado and Rudin no longer involved in developing it. 

Fried Frank partners Jonathan Mechanic, Rob Sorin, Valerie Kelly, David Karnovsky, Lee Parks, Lisa Schneider, Brian Mangino and Libin Zhang represented Citadel. 


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