Two local community groups are set to take up residence on Harlem’s Lexington Avenue, strengthening a growing corridor of non-profit groups working in the neighborhood.
Just Leadership USA, led by Glenn E. Martin, an award-winning criminal justice advocate, is a group that trains the formerly incarcerated to become community leaders, and The Assembly of Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ is temporarily relocating as their historic church at 220 East 118th St. closes to complete a full renovation.
“Both of these moves are indicative of the strength of the community in Harlem,” said Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of the Worldwide Leasing Team at Douglas Elliman, who arranged the leases with Arthur Maglio, a senior member of the Worldwide Leasing Team.
The Team has secured space for many growing community organizations, as well for major non-profit institutions, including the National Jazz Museum, Children’s Aid Society, Food Bank For New York City and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.
The group’s primary focus in Harlem of leasing retail and restaurant space has expanded dramatically with the overall demographic growth of the neighborhood, as new stores move in and the Harlem restaurant scene flourishes.
“Of course, it’s the high-profile restaurants coming to Harlem that capture the headlines, but it’s these smaller, non-profit organizations that make up the fabric of every community,” said Maglio.
Just Leadership and The Assembly of Pentecostal Churchare taking 3,600 s/f of new retails space at 1900 Lexington Avenue, on the southwest corner of East 119th St., in East Harlem.
The ground floor retail of 1900 Lexington Avenue totals approximately 4,800, with each group taking approximately 1,800 s/f. The remaining 1,200-square-foot unit is still available.
The two new tenants are Harlem-based community organizations, relocating from within the neighborhood.