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Nonprofit group International Legal Foundation moving to Hudson Yards

Nonprofit group International Legal Foundation is moving to Hudson Yards.

Photo via CommercialCafe
Photo via CommercialCafe

The organization, which builds public defender systems in post-conflict and transitional countries, signed a 2,500 s/f lease at Handler Real Estate’s 315 West 39th Street. It will occupy a portion of the building’s fifth floor. The ILF’s New York City offices are currently located at 111 John Street in Lower Manhattan.

According to Scott Galin, the principal and CEO of Handler, the 135,000 s/f building, located at the corner of West 39th Street and 8th Avenue, was initially positioned to attract arts and fashion tenants. However, they have since diversified the tenant mix in the 16-story tower.

“We have expanded our roster to also include nonprofit organizations and TAMI firms,” he said. “As market fundamentals continue to evolve and the West Side of Manhattan transforms in real time, we recognized that smaller tenants in certain industries were seeking out an office setting that provides a convenient location, creative atmosphere, and high-end finishes.”

The property is currently 95 percent occupied. Recent lease deals in the building involve Highstreet IT, Cut Showroom, iManagement and Acme Studios.

The ILF negotiated the deal without a tenant rep. Meanwhile, Galin, along with Richard Farley, Darell Handler, and Omar Javied, represented Handler.

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