JLL has completed a new, direct lease for AKF Group LLC at One Liberty Plaza in Lower Manhattan. The engineering firm signed a 15-year lease for 57,018 s/f at the Class A, 2.3 million-square-foot commercial office building owned by Brookfield.
The tenant was represented by Paul Mas and Michael Shenot, managing directors; Ruby Hwang, senior vice president; and Roxanne Tehranian, associate, all with JLL. Brookfield was represented in-house by Jeremiah Larkin, senior vice president and director of leasing, and Duncan McCuaig, vice presidents of leasing, along with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank team of David Falk, principal and president of the New York tri-state region; Peter Shimkin, executive managing director; Hal Stein, managing principal; and Nick Berger, managing director.
“AKF Group is relocating its entire New York operations from the Times Square district to Lower Manhattan,” said Shenot.
“Lower Manhattan continues to attract a diverse range of tenants from outside of the traditional financial services sector. We’ve seen similar commitments this year from media firms, technology groups and across all business service sectors.”
AKF Group inked will occupy the entire 44,378 s/f 22nd floor and a portion of the 23rd floor at One Liberty Plaza, located directly across from the World Trade Center.
The engineering firm is consolidating its presence Downtown from locations at 1501 Broadway and 330 West 42nd Street in Midtown.
The 54-story One Liberty Plaza was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and constructed in 1973. The office building was substantially renovated in 2007.