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FirstService Williams’ Perry Mesmer
We’re seeing real movement from tenants again, says FirstService Williams’ Perry Mesmer, who closed over 100k SF of deals in the past two months, a number in the Flatiron-Chelsea districts. One is construction management firm R.D. Rice, which is moving to new 3.5k-SF digs at 56 W. 22nd St, joining an eclectic mix of creative tenants, including a photographer, baking supply company, architect, and even a toy robot manufacturer. Perry is marketing the building on behalf of owner Ernest Blum; 10k SF is still available, and he’s in negotiations with a national communications firm to take the 5k second floor. (Might we suggest 5k SF for a toy robot destroyer, for when they inevitably come alive? I, Robot, anyone?)
S. Sunshine & Associates’ Suzanne Sunshine.
The move is an upgrade for R.D. Rice, which is relocating from the far West Side. The tenant’s been doing a lot of work in the apartment sector, including a few owned by S. Sunshine & Associates’Suzanne Sunshine. She and colleague Glenn Brill repped R.D. Rice in the deal, and this was the first time her firm, which exclusively works with non-profits, repped a non-profit board member in a move. The construction firm’s owner, Doug Rice, is chair of the Bronx Museum of Arts, and as part of Suzanne’s unique business model, she donated a significant portion of her fee to the museum in the form of a charitable donation.