The 250,000-sf, two-building complex, formerly the Robert PlanBuilding, has been owned by Great Neck, NY-based Sterling Equitiessince 2006. Robert Rosenbluth of Real Estate Strategies Ltd., ofJericho, NY, represented Kingsway in lease negotiations. PhilipWachtler, principal of WKE, represented the building's owner.

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Wachtler says the property will soon undergo capitalimprovements to "give it a better look." He tells GlobeSt.com thatSterling is redoing the whole front entry of the building, havealready improved the landscaping and curb appeal and the next phaseis to redo the lobby. When asked about the renovation budget, henotes that "we are currently waiting for the final budget numbersfor the improvements," but says it is a significant amount. "We arealso upgrading the cafeteria, putting in new bathrooms on the firstand second floors, and redoing the signage of the building."

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Asking rent, Wachtler notes, is in the low-$20s per sf, which hesays is comparable to other buildings in the area, but he could notdisclose taking rent or the aggregate lease value at this time.This is the first tenant in the building, he says, adding that WKEis currently working with another tenant on a lease that will makethe property 50% occupied, but he could not disclose the tenant'sidentity at this time.

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