A tower spokesman says the leases bode well for the West Loopbuilding. "This is important because it shows that leasing activityis strong," the spokesman says. "The market in general has had itsshare of bumps, and this is a positive sign. The big thing withOfficeLinks is that they leased the entire floor."

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OfficeLinks, a provider of furnished and equipped office space,leased 30,000 square feet. John Brod and Howard Hersch of New YorkCity-based PBS Real Estate represented the firm in thetransaction.

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Harsh Mehta with OfficeLinks says construction to gut andrebuild the 84th floor will begin in October and continue throughearly 2009, when the company will move into the space. Mehta sayshis firm's lease term is 15 years.

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Also taking new space is a global real estate investment bankingadvisory firm. Jock Howland, of the Staubach Co., represented thetenant, who will occupy 16,000 sf in the mid-rise section of thebuilding. The Sears spokesman would not disclose the name of thefirm, or the lease term.

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AS&K Mercury, a healthcare communications provider, roundsout the most recent leases, signing on for 4,500 sf in the low-risesection of the Sears Tower. Larry Serota and Scott Becker withTranswestern represented the tenant. A lease term was notavailable.

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The signing of these three leases came on the heels of fourother new tenants earlier this month for the building. A total ofseven new leases have been signed this month, which combined tomore than 92,000 sf. With these most recent leases, the building'soccupancy rate is around 80 percent, the spokesman tellsGlobeSt.com.

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The spokesman attributes the recent influx of lease activitywithin the building to US Equities Realty, which took over asleasing agent and property manager of the tower in April 2007."They've been putting marketing programs and broker outreach inplace," the tower spokesman says. "This is the result of seeing alltheir work come to fruition."

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The 3.8-million-sf Sears Tower is owned by 233 S. Wacker LLC,which includes American Landmark Properties, the Chetrit Group andthe Moinian Group. The lease rates average in the mid-teens to themid-$20s.

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