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WHITE PLAINS, NY-A Florida-based post secondary education firm geared for adults has signed a lease for 22,000 sf at the former Kraft General Foods headquarters here.

The Whitman Education Group, which is headquartered in Miami, will be using its new leased space at 333 Westchester Ave. for offices and classrooms of Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools (UDS), a division of Whitman that prepares students for positions as diagnostic medical sonographers. In addition to UDS, the publicly held company also operates Colorado Technical University and Sanford-Brown College while overseeing a network of 22 campuses in 13 states. In fiscal year 2002, the firm reported net revenues of $91.9 million and net income of $2.6 million. A total of more than 8,000 students are enrolled at Whitman Education Group schools.

Colliers ABR vice chairman Stephen J. Riker and managing director Michael Norris represented building owner Cohen Brothers Realty Corp. of New York City in the long-term lease transaction. PRG Realty Partners and Jaymar Corp. represented the Whitman Education Group in the deal.

On Feb. 24 Ameriquest Mortgage Company signed a lease at 333 Westchester Ave. for 118,000 sf. Reports in the real estate community say the mortgage firm is looking to lease even more space at the four-building, 600,000-sf property. At deadline, Colliers ABR officials did not return calls for comment on Ameriquest’s possible expansion at the property.

Other tenants at 333 Westchester Ave. include: Allied Irish Banks; Moviefone, an America Online media company; MACSTEEL ASOMA, a steel trading company; Endurance Specialty Holdings, a Bermuda-based reinsurance company; Fredman & Rosan, a law firm; Rosenfeld & Tortu, a benefits consulting firm; Merit Direct, a marketing company and Stone, Russo & Lassaro, a CPA firm.

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