A source familiar with the deal tells GlobeSt.com that theycannot discuss aggregate lease values or taking rent, but they didsay that asking rent was in the mid-$50s per sf. Converse will nowoccupy the top three floors of the 12-story landmark building,located on 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

The property houses Home Depot as well as Marc Ecko Enterprizesand office space for Interpublic and Mattel. Built in 1878, it isthe former home of the Stern Brothers Department Store, one of thecity's first retail stores. The source says that the 440,000-sfbuilding is currently 100% occupied.

GVA Williams principals Michael T. Cohen and Andrew Roos own thebuilding and represented themselves in the transaction. JosephThanhauser and Gordon Ogden of Burnam Wood represented Converse inthe lease negotiations.

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