Clarion Partners, LLC and Marcus Partners, leading real estate investment managers, have retained JLL as the exclusive leasing agent for Merritt 7, a six-building, 1.4 million-square-foot, Class-A corporate park in Norwalk, Connecticut.
With the guidance of world-renowned architecture firm Gensler, Merritt 7 is nearing completion of an extensive repositioning project for the property, which has included enhancing on-site amenities and services to create a vibrant atmosphere, improve tenants’ work-life balance and manage the needs and complexities of employees returning to work post-Covid.
The property holds LEED Gold, Fitwel and WiredScore Gold certifications, with current amenities including in-building cafes, catering, two food halls with indoor and outdoor seating, 10,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art conferencing, lounge and event space, 60,000 square feet of curated outdoor plazas, courtyards and seating areas, a full-scale fitness center, hair salon, and car detailing.
Merritt 7 is located at the nexus of the Merritt Parkway and Route 7, offering easy access to the entire tri- state area. Metro-North rail service provides travel to New Haven and Manhattan.
Available leasing options at the property range from 1,600 square feet to 155,000 of contiguous square feet. Current tenants include Frontier, IBM, Aon, Xerox, M&T Bank, Siemens, Mercer, The Hartford, and Mass Mutual. Datto, a cybersecurity and data storage firm, is the largest tenant, occupying 135,000 square feet.
Senior vice president Betsy Buckley, and managing directors Edward Tonnessen and Gil Ohls, with JLL, will lead the leasing team for the property.
“As Merritt 7 nears completion of an extensive revitalization program, JLL is well positioned to market and lease the property to a growing tenant base seeking space that accommodates evolving employee lifestyles,” said Margaret Egan, Clarion Partners senior vice president of asset management. “JLL’s extensive experience, combined with Betsy Buckley’s deep real estate expertise and asset management experience, provide critical resources for this project.”
“As companies manage the transition back to the office, creating a workspace that draws and retains talent will be critical,” Buckley said. “The property is ideal for small- and large-block tenants, offering exceptional accessibility, extensive amenities, planned upgrades, and a superior environment that supports human wellness, life balance and sustainability.”
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