PHILADELPHIA-Comcast Corp., which requires interim additional space until Comcast Center reaches completion in 2007, subleases 52,000 sf, the 19th and 20th floor of 2000 Market St. from Arkema Inc. The global supplier of vinyl products and industrial chemicals, is consolidating into approximately 250,000 sf in 29-story building, Adriano Calvanese, an associate in the local office of CB Richard Ellis, tells

Calvanese, George Cauffman, SVP, and Mitch Marcus, VP in the CBRE office, represented Arkema. David Fahey of Binswanger’s local office represented Comcast. Terms of the sublease are undisclosed.

The average asking rental rate in Center City class A office properties is $24.94 per sf, according to a second-quarter report from the local office of Grubb & Ellis. On condition of anonymity, a Downtown office broker tells that this sublease would likely command “less than the approximately $21-per-sf asking rate on a new lease.”

In January, Comcast inked a 15.5-year lease for an initial 534,000 sf, or about 44% of the 1.2-million-sf, 57-story Comcast Tower currently under construction by Malvern-based Liberty Property Trust. During a second-quarter conference call yesterday, Bill Hankowsky, Liberty’s CEO, was asked if Comcast had yet exercised its option to take additional floors in Comcast Center. Hankowsky said it had not and that he expected Comcast “to reach some decisions soon.”

David Binswanger, president and CEO of Binswanger, represented Comcast in its negations with Liberty. At that time, Binswanger told, “It would not surprise me if, before the building is completed, Comcast winds up taking significant additional space,” but conceded, “that may not happen.”

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