Columbia Property Trust Increases its Midtown South Presence with Two Chelsea Acquisitions


Acquires 245-249 West 17th Street and 218 West 18th Street from New York REIT

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) announced today that it has purchased two fully leased Class-A office properties in New York’s Chelsea submarket from New York REIT (NYRT) for $514 million. The acquisition encompasses 245-249 West 17th Street, two adjoining office buildings collectively comprising 281,294 square feet, and 218 West 18th Street, a 165,670-square-foot office building.

With this acquisition, Columbia’s presence in New York has increased to seven Class-A properties comprising a total of 2.6 million square feet, which together represent 44 percent of Columbia’s overall portfolio based on gross real estate assets.

“Our acquisition of these prime Midtown South buildings allows us to expand within New York, where we already held the largest concentration in our portfolio, and will further establish Columbia as a significant player in Manhattan’s most dynamic office district,” saidNelson Mills, Columbia’s president and CEO. “We view these acquisitions, along with our recent share repurchases, as an excellent use of the capital raised from our non-core dispositions.”

Jim Fleming, executive vice president and CFO, continued, “We believe these recent investments, along with significant embedded growth in our existing portfolio from recent leasing achievements, will allow us to deliver meaningful earnings growth over the next several quarters. Notably, our recent execution of a 119,000-square-foot renewal with DLA Piper at our Silicon Valley property last month addressed our largest imminent lease expiration risk, putting our portfolio at 95 percent leased overall, with very little near-term roll remaining.”

Columbia’s senior vice president in the Eastern region, Adam Popper, added, “Based on the leasing momentum we are experiencing at our nearby assets, particularly with our recent track record at 315 Park Avenue South, we remain very confident in the Midtown South and Chelsea submarkets. TAMI and financial services users alike continue to embrace these submarkets as one of the preferred destinations for tenants in NYC, with strong demand for assets like these that offer smaller floor plates, fully renovated interiors, and attractive amenities.”

Twitter’s New York headquarters fill most of the boutique buildings on 17th Street, which include a six-story western tower and 12-story eastern tower that also includes one of the largest showrooms of the high-end modern furniture chain Room & Board. The nearby 12-story building on 18th Street houses the New York City headquarters of beverage and lifestyle company Red Bull, along with several other office tenants.

This acquisition does not involve Columbia’s recently initiated joint venture with Allianz Real Estate.

About Columbia Property Trust

Columbia Property Trust (NYSE: CXP) owns and operates Class-A office buildings concentrated in high-barrier-to-entry, gateway markets. Its portfolio includes 19 operating properties containing over nine million square feet, primarily located in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Columbia carries an investment-grade rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. For more information, please visit   

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