One World Trade Center cuts rents due to sluggish activity
WSJ reports that no private tenant has signed a lease in the iconic tower for nearly three years.
One World Trade Center, soaring to 1,776 feet and set to open by year's end, is having difficulty attracting tenants, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Developer The Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have reduced asking rents for larger tenants to $69/sf, down from $75.
The 3.1 million-sf project—originally known as Freedom Tower—is reportedly the most expensive office tower ever built, at a construction cost of $3.9 billion. It is currently about 55% leased, according to the Wall Street Journal. Current large deals in downtown New York City have been made in the $50 to $60/sf range, making One World Trade unusually expensive for the market. The building is the largest in the Western Hemisphere and was designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill after an initial concept was developed in Daniel Lieskind's master plan for the site.
Meanwhile, developer Larry Silverstein is still contemplating building an office tower named 3 World Trade on the site, after completing the 2.3 million-sf 4 World Trade (opened last fall and now 51% leased). Insiders now doubt that the Port Authority will approve Silverstein's proposed deal in light of questions about the match between available space and potential demand.