The Slow Upward Climb at 16 Court Street


Landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh's highly publicized leasing notwithstanding, the turnaround of 16 Court Street has been a tougher slog than SL Green anticipated when it paid $107 million for the 37-story prewar office tower in 2007. At the time, the 1928 building had been allowed to fall into disrepair and it was only 75 percent occupied. Since then, SL Green has focused on upgrading and rebranding the building as more than a place for small-time court lawyers, targeting "creative" tenants like Van Valkenburgh in the process, say The Observer. Like the market as a whole now, the deal-making pace is "glacial," according to Downtown real estate veteran Chris Havens who's helping to market the building. So what's a leasing agent to do? “You have to be nicer. You offer little things. Deal terms have to be more open. You try to say yes as much as possible.” Mr. Havens said.
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The Views from 16 Court Street [Brownstoner]
Above Streetlevel: Times Renews at 16 Court [Brownstoner]

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