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Savanna buys 521 Fifth Ave., plans fresh leasing campaign

New York developer, Savanna, announced the $381 million acquisition of 521 Fifth Avenue, a 498,711 s/f office and retail building located on the corner of 43rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

Savanna also announced a capital improvement and leasing campaign at the 39-story mixed-use tower.


“521 Fifth Avenue’s location a block from Grand Central makes it a perfect fit for our growing Midtown office portfolio,” said Andrew Fichte, Managing Director of Savanna.

“After we make a few select cosmetic improvements, including a lobby renovation, we believe this property will be well-positioned for a successful leasing campaign.”

Savanna acquired the property from a joint venture of SL Green Realty Corp. and Plaza Global Real Estate Partners, a venture between Quantum Global Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management.

CBRE’s Bill Shanahan, Darcy Stacom, David Fowler and Doug Middleton represented the sellers in the transaction.

Built in 1929, 521 Fifth Avenue offers floor plates from 22,000 s/f at the base to 6,580 s/f in the tower. With windows on three sides, the building boasts an abundance of natural light and is LEED Gold Certified and Energy Star rated. Among the planned capital improvements are a complete entrance and lobby renovation, new signage, selective systems upgrades, common corridor work and other select redesigns throughout the building.

Savanna has engaged a CBRE team led by Peter Turchin and David Hollander as the exclusive leasing agent.

James Million, Ethan Gottlieb and Tom Traynor at CBRE arranged the financing of the acquisition.

Laurie Grasso, Susan Saslow, Douglas Hoffmann and Michal Baum at Hunton Andrews Kurth represented Savanna as legal counsel in the transaction.

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