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ASB pays $82M for Midtown South loft building

ASB Real Estate Investments announced the acquisition of 158 West 27th Street, a 12-story loft office building with 117,158 s/f of space for $82.5 million.

ASB made the investment on behalf of its Allegiance Fund, a $4 billion core investment vehicle, in a joint venture with George Comfort & Sons.

158 West 27th Street
158 West 27th Street

The building, located between 6th and 7th Avenues, is 92 percent leased and draws a diverse rent roll of tenants in financial services, fitness, technology, fashion, architecture and real estate.

Within close walking distance are the Fashion Institute of Technology, Penn Station, Madison Square Park, Eataly, the Flatiron District, Tiffany’s HQ, and the Hudson Yards District as well as burgeoning residential neighborhoods.

Brodie Ruland, senior vice president of ASB Real Estate Investments, said: “Recent upgrades and future planned enhancements are transforming the property into the highly attractive loft office space that cutting edge companies and their employees desire as they continue to cluster in Midtown South.

“High ceilings with exposed duct work; large, new double-hung windows; hardwood floors, and efficient side-core floor plates appeal to market demand for work space with an abundance of natural light, flexibility, and style.”

In recent years, ASB has made 10 investments in New York City totaling approximately $800 million, concentrating on office and high-street retail in SoHo, the Meatpacking District, Brooklyn, Chelsea, and the Financial District.

This marks the firm’s second joint venture with George Comfort & Sons.  In 2013, they jointly acquired 164-168 Canal Street, a six-story, 49,951 s/f mixed-use property.

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