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NEW YORK CITY-Reports note that some bids for developer Harry Macklowe’s General Motors building here have topped $3 billion, according to “people familiar with the matter.” CB Richard Ellis, who was hired to market the property in January, as GlobeSt.com previously reported, could not comment by deadline. Locally based Macklowe Properties tells GlobeSt.com that they are “not commenting or confirming reports.”

At least two investors have been identified in reports. One of the potential buyers for the tower is real-estate investor Joseph Cayre, and the other is Larry Silverstein.

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, the 767 Fifth Ave. property was expected to fetch between $3.3 and $3.8 billion. A locally based real estate investment banker told GlobeSt.com at the time that the GM building is a unique asset that will trigger huge demand from a host of domestic and global investors. The source predicted that a team of investors might be better suited to buy the property given the potential sale price. The source explained that the debt markets have radically changed since Macklowe bought the property. Macklowe Properties purchased the building for a record-breaking $1.4 billion from Conseco Inc. in 2003, as GlobeSt.com reported.

It is no surprise that bids for the property reportedly have reached this $3-billion amount. Deborah Jackson, executive managing director of Weiser Realty Advisors LLC, told GlobeSt.com at the time the property was put on the market that it could fetch around $2.9 billion. She further noted that “a range of $3 billion to $3.5 billion would not be unreasonable.”

The commercial skyscraper is located between 58th and 59th streets and rests atop an entire city block directly across the street from the Plaza Hotel. Tenants include General Motors Corp., Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Bank of America; Baron Capital; Forstmann Little & Co.; Belfer Management Inc.; Estee Lauder Cos.; Icahn Associates Corp.; K. Hovanian Cos.; and MCL Corp. among others.

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