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NEW YORK CITY-New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will be the primary tenant in the 118-year old landmark Puck Building. NYU inked a 15-year deal for 75,000 sf or contiguous space on three floors in the 295 Lafayette St. property. The space provides a consolidated location for NYU Wagner, enabling its faculty, research centers, and administrative offices to be housed together for the first time. The school will occupy the second and third Floors, comprising 50,000 sf, beginning in 2004; other NYU entities, yet to be determined, will occupy the remaining 25,000 sf. No financial information was release, however other space in the building went for $35 per sf.

“This space in the Puck Building enables us to fulfill one of our biggest dreams: the consolidation of theWagner School faculty in one location,” says NYU president John Sexton.

Charles Kushner, president of Kushner Cos., which owns the property, adds, “The Puck Building is known worldwide as one of the city’s great buildings, located at the confluence of two great New York neighborhoods, SoHo and Greenwich Village.” Kushner is an NYU trustee.

Taking up a block bounded by Lafayette, Mulberry, Houston and Jersey Streets, the Puck Building was built from 1885 to 1893 in a Romanesque Revival style designed by architect Albert Wagner, with additional construction in 1899 to replace part of structure that was torn down to make room for the extension of Lafayette Street. The Puck Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City landmark.

“Its location positions Wagner perfectly – at a crossroads of the sectors,” notes Ellen Schall, Dean of the NYU Wagner Graduate School. “It looks down Lafayette Street towards City Hall and Wall Streetand across Houston to vibrant and multi-ethnic communities on the Lower East Side. Public, private and civic cultures and worlds will meet at the Puck as NYU Wagner takes up its role in fostering dialogue, creating new knowledge, preparing students to produce results that matter and engaging our broad and diverse group of alumni working to transform public service. And it is great space.”

Established in 1938, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees in public administration, urban planning, management and philosophy.

Founded in 1954, Kushner is a diversified real estate organization based in Florham Park, NJ, with offices in New York City. The company owns and manages more than 25,000 apartment units with a commercial portfolio consisting of 7.5 million sf of office, industrial and retail space. Properties are located in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Massachusetts.

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