London and Amsterdam-based publisher recently leased more than 70,000 SQFT in the beautiful Helmsley Building, on one of the world's most lavish avenues.

Publisher Reed Elsevier to become largest tenant at Invesco’s Helmsley Building

Takes 71,000 square feet at 230 Park Avenue
July 29, 2013 03:30PM By Hiten Samtani
The Helmsey Building at 230 Park Avenue and Invesco's Martin Flanagan (inset)

Reed Elsevier, the London and Amsterdam-based publisher of LexisNexis, has signed a 71,083-square-foot lease at Invesco’s Helmsley Building in the Grand Central submarket, The Real Deal has learned from CompStak.

Reed Elsevier will pay rents in the mid-$50s for the entire seventh floor in a 10-year deal, the CompStak data show. The deal makes the publisher the building’s largest tenant, according to CoStar. Insurance provider ING and law firm Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke also have 57,574 square feet and 49,367 square feet, respectively, in the building, CoStar shows.

The 34-story, 1.29 million-square-foot tower is located at 230 Park Avenue between 45th and 46th streets. The space – once occupied by JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor Bear Stearns — was being marketed by Jones Lang LaSalle’s Paul Glickman, Jonathan Fanuzzi, Frank Doyle and David Kleiner, on behalf of property manager and part owner Monday Properties, according to office space listings site 42Floors.

None of the involved brokers responded to requests for comment by press time, nor did Monday Properties’ director Jordan Berger. A spokesperson for Reed Elsevier declined to comment.

Reed Elsevier’s current 73,332-square-foot space at SL Green Realty’s 125 Park Avenue – between East 41st and East 42nd streets — is set to expire in January 2014, according to CoStar.

The Helmsley Building has had a checkered past. In June 2011, Invesco completed a $750 million recapitalization of the building — valuing it at about $635 per square foot — andreplaced Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall real estate fund as Monday’s partner. Invesco took a 95 percent stake in the property, while Monday retained a 5 percent stake, according to Real Capital Analytics.

At the height of the market in 2007, Goldman and Monday paid $1.15 billion – or $948 per square foot – to a partnership between Dubai-based Istithmar World and Island Capital Group, chaired by billionaire investor Andrew Farkas, for the property.