The SL Green Realty Group and its partners Hines and National Pension Service of Korea has delivered its newest premier property, One Vanderbilt Avenue in New York City adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. The $220 million project is a headquarters-quality office building. It stands 1,401 feet tall and totals 1.7 million square feet. While this is an exciting trophy property, it is delivering to the market in a turbulent time for the New York City, with both leasing and occupancy rates down due to the pandemic.

The good news, the property is already 70% leased to a mix of finance, banking, law and real estate firms. The list of existing tenants is long, but includes TD Securities and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, The Carlyle Group, KPS Capital Partners and Oak Hill Advisors, to name a few. The developer's goal was to create a client-facing campus for multiple and diverse entities to thrive in the city.

The property's design underscores SL Green's vision for the property. Of course, it includes state-of-the-art technology, amenities and a focus on health and wellness—something that is particularly important now. The developer invested $17 million in health, wellness and sustainability, including maintaining one of the lowest carbon footprints of similarly sized properties in New York City. The property regulates insulation for heating and cooling through its high-performance glazing, has a 1.2-MW cogeneration and a 90,000-gallon rainwater collection systems. For that reason, it is on track to obtain LEED certification and WELL certification.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.