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QUEENS, NY-Six months after breaking ground on the project, Brause Realty Inc. vice president David Brause and Tishman Construction Co. chairman and CEO Daniel R. Tishman last week topped out the first round of construction on the 12-story, 282,000-sf Phase II of the 682,000-sf MetLife Plaza. One of the largest new office developments in New York City since Sept. 11, it is scheduled to come online in six months.

“This building is an anchor for the neighborhood,” Scott A. Singer, executive vice president of the Singer & Bassuk Organization, which provided financing for the project, tells GlobeSt.com. “It will provide a base for continuing development in the area.” An undisclosed number of MetLife employees will move from Manhattan into the new facility.

Phase I was completed last year. The fourth-generation owner/development company Brause purchased the 404,000-sf former Rolls Royce manufacturing facility in 1980. The building then underwent a reconstruction throughout the ’90s, and in 2001 MetLife moved into the six-story space, Brause says.

Also on hand for the event were Queens borough president Helen Marshall, state assembly representatives Cathy Nolan and Michael Gianaris, New York City Councilmember Eric Gioia and Long Island City Business Development Corp. president Gale Baron.

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