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.

May 27, 2014 |
One World Trade Center, courtesy Cushman & Wakefield

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.



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