New York City
Whole Foods has signed on for 36,000 square feet of retail space atthe forthcoming 250 E. 57th St., its first East Side location andthe 12th metro area lease it’s signed with the help of brokerageNorthwest Atlantic. The new building will also house PS 59 and theHigh School of Art and Design; a groundbreaking ceremony took placeon Friday. The natural foods retailer and landlord World-Wide Groupbegan discussions on the site in 2006. “We had a deal signed in2008, but when the economy went south the landlord couldn’t getfinancing,” says Chase Welles, EVP of Northwest Atlantic, in arelease. “Over the last year we reworked the deal for a smallerbuilding that the developer was able to construct.”

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Evidently finding SL Green Realty Corp.’s 100 Park Ave.conducive to growing its business, a Wells Fargo Bank subsidiaryhas expanded by 12,065 square feet on a portion of the second floorof 100 Park. Wells Fargo Trade Capital Services now occupies atotal of 69,226 square feet at the 825,815-square-foot officetower. It’s the second expansion in a little more a year for thetenant. James Travers and James Fish of Travers Realty Corp.represented Wells Fargo in the transaction, while a Cushman &Wakefield team of Paul Glickman, Alex Chudnoff, Tara Stacom, MittiLiebersohn, Diana Biasotti and Jonathan Tootell acted on behalf ofSL Green.

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Adams & Co. recently brokered a five-year, 7,950-square-footlease at 119 5th Ave. for interior design firm Wilson Associates.Jeffrey Schwartz of Adams & Co. represented landlord 119 FifthAve. Corp. and Robert Corbi of Jones Lange LaSalle represented thetenant in the transaction.

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Jones Lang LaSalle has completed three lease transactionstotaling 17,100 square feet for owner Boston Properties at 540Madison Ave. Edelman Financial Services LLC signed for 3,200 squarefeet, SK Telecom leased 6,950 square feet and Molo Lamken LLP took6,950 square feet at the 300,000-square-foot office building. Inall three deals, a JLL team of Cynthia Wasserberger, Randy Abendand Amanda Saltzman represented Boston Properties. EdelmanFinancial was represented by John Termini with CB Richard Ellis. SKTelecom was represented by Newmark Knight Frank’s Matt Leon. MoloLamken was represented by Jarod Stern of Studley.

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KBL Group International has opted for 17,939 square feet at 1407Broadway for its New York headquarters. Grant Greenspan of theKaufman Organization represented the landlord, the LightstoneGroup, while Marc Schoen of Savitt Partners negotiated for theapparel manufacturer. Lease terms were not disclosed; asking rentsat the 42-story office tower are $42 per square foot.

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The Children’s Museum of the Arts has signed a lease for 10,673square feet of ground floor retail space at Trinity Real Estate’s897,099-square-foot 345 Hudson St. Trinity represented itself innegotiations; Alexandra Akira of Cushman & Wakefieldrepresented the museum. Asking rent for the ground floor space wasin the high $30s per square foot.

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Weill Cornell Medical College has leased 10,500 square feet ofthe Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City, Queens.The college will use the space to design, build and create“prototype” lab facilities for a new bioresearch facility onManhattan’s Upper East Side. Jeffrey Unger of Kalmon DolginAffiliates provided in-house representation for the632,000-square-foot mixed-use property’s ownership. John Adams ofJohn L. Adams Associates represented the tenant. “Weill CornellMedical College was attracted to the Falchi Building because of itsvery close proximity to their planned biomedical research facilityin Manhattan via bridge and tunnel, as well as the great publictransportation access,” Unger says in a release.

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Westchester County
Full-service litigation firm Marin Goodman LLP has relocated itsheadquarters from Manhattan to 8,895 square feet at 500 MamaroneckAve. in Harrison, NY. The law firm, which also has officesin NewJersey, signed on for 10 years. Jeffrey Newman of Malkin Propertiesrepresented the building ownership; Richard Levine and David Blockof CB Richard Ellis represented Marin Goodman.

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Fairfield County
Al Mirin and Silvia Pogosyan of CB Richard Ellis’ private clientgroup of Westchester and Fairfield counties arranged four sales offive properties in the region with a total sales price of $7.5million. These sales included a former TD Banknorth branch at 100Post Rd. E. in Westport, CT that sold for $2.3 million; thecombined sale of One Technology Plaza and 153 W. Cedar St. inNorwalk, CT for $1.2 million; a $3.1-million joint venture on theformer Maples Inn located at 179 Oenoke Ridge Rd. in New Canaan,CT; and 987 Central Park Ave. in Yonkers, NY for $900,000.

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Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny is managing editor of Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. He has been reporting on business since 1988 and on commercial real estate since 2007. He is based at ALM Real Estate Media Group's offices in New York City.