LargaVista Companies, a second generation real estate development, management and investment firm, and Related Companies have formed a joint venture partnership for the development of 300 Lafayette in SoHo.
The site contains the block front on East Houston Street, bounded by Lafayette and Crosby Streets in Manhattan, and will be transformed into a seven-story, mixed-use retail and office tower. The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.
The proposed development of 300 Lafayette Street, designed by COOKFOX Architects, consists of a distinctive 83,000-sf retail and boutique office building featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing set in terra-cotta and limestone frames. The environmentally friendly design incorporates a number of sustainable features and abundant outdoor space on several landscaped terraces.
"By joining forces with Related, we are introducing an exceptionally strong financial partner with proven expertise in delivering world-class properties like 300 Lafayette," said Marcello Porcelli, President of LargaVista. "This project will benefit tremendously from Related's wealth of experience in building and leasing some of the most complex projects and demanding designs in major markets throughout the globe."
The CBRE team of Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of the New York Tri-State Region, and Tom Duke, Vice President, served as real estate consultants to LargaVista at 300 Lafayette. Gregory Tosko, Vice Chairman, and Lauren Crowley, Vice President, joined the CBRE team advising LargaVista on this transaction.