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SL Green unloads two 5th Avenue retail development sites

SL Green Realty Corp today announced it has reached an agreement to sell two Fifth Avenue retail development sites to a single buyer for $125.4 million or $13,690 per zoning square foot.

These sales represent another step in the strategic real estate disposition and reinvestment strategy SL Green outlined in conjunction with the acquisition of Eleven Madison Avenue. The transaction is expected to be completed prior to year-end 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

The sites, located at 570 Fifth Avenue and 574 Fifth Avenue, were acquired by SL Green in November 2013 for a total of $78.7 million. The Company subsequently vacated the tenants in the existing buildings in preparation for a comprehensive retail development.

SL Green Managing Director Brett Herschenfeld commented, “With this transaction, SL Green will realize returns on its original investment that are consistent with our original underwriting without having incurred any development risk. In addition, the sale provides a source of equity capital that can be tax efficiently redeployed into Eleven Madison on an immediately accretive basis.”

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