KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE: KKR), today announced it is purchasing approximately 343,000 square feet, the top ten office floors, at 30 Hudson Yards and relocating its corporate offices to the flagship office tower in 2020. Thirty Hudson Yards is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group.
Henry Kravis, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of KKR, said, “This is a unique opportunity to partner with world-class developers to create a new office to house KKR’s New York team and host our clients. This move will allow our teams to work together in a dynamic setting that promotes innovation and forward thinking. Related and Oxford are creating a tremendous amount of energy at Hudson Yards, and KKR is pleased to be a part of it.”
“Having one of the most prominent and forward thinking global investment firms in the world invest in and relocate to Hudson Yards is a testament to the vision and success of the new neighborhood and commercial district emerging on Manhattan’s West Side,” said Related Companies Chairman Stephen M. Ross. “Hudson Yards has already attracted global leaders in media, fashion, beauty, tech, law and finance, and the current interest in our commercial office towers continues to far outpace our current availability.”
Blake Hutcheson, CEO of Oxford Properties Group, said, “We are very pleased that KKR has chosen to relocate to 30 Hudson Yards. There is continued excitement for this project across New York City and around the world, and we are confident that this announcement will only add to the momentum. This is a win/win situation.”
Designed by Bill Pedersen of Kohn Pedersen Fox, the LEED Gold 90-story tower will stand 1,296 feet tall and offer state-of-the-art commercial office space for KKR employees and clients, including corporate amenity spaces, a private elevator bank to a sky lobby, river-to-river panoramic views, a planned outdoor terrace, as well as direct access to premier retail shops, restaurants and the city’s highest outdoor observation deck and top floor restaurant and event space. KKR will be on the top floors of the building’s upper office block. A triple-height ground floor lobby offers entrances off of Tenth Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, and direct access to the new No. 7 subway extension.
KKR is the second commercial office tenant to invest in and plan a move to 30 Hudson Yards. In January 2014, Time Warner Inc. acquired approximately 1.5 million square feet of space in the building for its 5,000-plus employees, consolidating HBO, CNN, Turner Broadcasting and the Warner Brothers divisions as well as Time Warner Inc. corporate offices under one roof for the first time.
KKR is the seventh corporate office tenant to announce plans to move to Hudson Yards. Earlier this summer, litigation powerhouse Boies, Schiller & Flexner announced it will move its New York City offices to 55 Hudson Yards. Coach Inc. has purchased over 600,000 square feet of space in 10 Hudson Yards, L’Oréal USA, German software engineering firm SAP and social media-first digital agency VaynerMedia announced their plans to locate at 10 Hudson Yards when the building opens in early 2016.
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the nation’s history. It is anticipated that more than 24 million people will visit Hudson Yards every year. The 28-acre site is being developed by Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group and will include 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 shops and restaurants, including New York City’s first Neiman Marcus and a signature restaurant by Thomas Keller, approximately 5,000 residences, a unique cultural space, 14-acres of public open space, a new 750-seat public school and a 200-room Equinox® branded luxury hotel – all offering unparalleled amenities for residents, employees and guests.
Thirty Hudson Yards is expected to be complete in 2019. Related and Oxford were represented by Robert Alexander of CBRE and Stephen Winter of Related. For more information on Hudson Yards, please visit hudsonyardsnewyork.com.