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Vornado leases 77,000 s/f for new school at 825 Seventh

Vornado has signed a 76,861 s/f lease with the Young Adult Institute for a new school facility at 825 7th Avenue.

Michael Franco, president and CFO at Vornado, announced the deal during an earnings call earlier this year noting that the REIT’s core office business, representing over 80 per cent of the company, is “continuing to hold on its own in this challenging environment, protected by long-term leases with credit tenants.”

Edward Riguardi, vice president of leasing with Vornado Realty Trust; Jeffrey Sussman, executive vice president, with Edward J. Minskoff Equities, and John D. Ryan III, principal, with Avison Young, arranged the lease at 825 Seventh Avenue. YAI was represented by Matthew Astrachan, vice chairman; Simon Landmann, executive vice president, and Zachary Azus, vice president, with JLL.

YAI’s International Academy of Hope (iHOPE), which provides educational services to students with acquired brain injuries or other brain-based disorders, has outgrown its East Harlem address, relying on more advanced classroom technologies and comprehensive therapeutic services, which demand more space. 

IHOPE, which first opened its doors during the 2013-14 school year, is part of YAI, one of the region’s largest not-for-profit human service providers. YAI signed an agreement to convey a 30-year leasehold condominium interest on the second, third, and fourth floors of 825 Seventh Avenue, and a portion of the lower level, with property owners Vornado and Edward J. Minskoff Equities. iHOPE will have a dedicated entrance on 53rd Street.


“This transaction enables YAI to expand an extraordinary school,” Astrachan said. “The world-class ownership has redeveloped the property and will provide a dedicated entrance and new elevators in an expanded footprint, enabling iHOPE to increase its student capacity and therapeutic services, including water therapy in a pool.”

Attorneys for YAI were Trevor Adler, partner, and Ida Phair, associate, with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP; attorneys for the building were James Godman, partner, and Jacqueline Ryu, associate, with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

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