Philip Morris to relocate NYC headquarters to Stamford, CT

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George Comfort & Sons, Inc. announced today that lease agreements totaling 120,237 s/f have been completed at 677 Washington Boulevard in downtown Stamford, CT.

The three-building complex, which was completely empty three years ago, is now 95 percent leased.

In the largest of the transactions, Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) has signed a 12-year lease for 71,484 s/f, encompassing the entire 11th and 12th floors.  The company is relocating its headquarters from 120 Park Avenue in New York City and plans to take occupancy at 677 Washington Boulevard in late 2022.

In other activity at the property, insurance company XL Global Services, Inc. has signed an 11-year lease for a 21,879 s/f portion of the 10th floor.  The firm plans to move from 70 Seaview Avenue in Stamford in the third quarter of 2022. 

Growth equity investor General Atlantic, which opted for a portion of the 8th floor earlier this year in a relocation from Greenwich, CT, has expanded its planned presence to a total of 21,879 s/f. 

And Sandbrook Capital LLC signed a 10-year lease for 4,995 s/f on the 8th floor where it will take occupancy in the first quarter of 2022.

PETER DUNCAN

“We’re
pleased to welcome these tenants to 677 Washington Boulevard and to be bringing
the complex closer to full occupancy,” said George Comfort & Sons President
and CEO Peter S. Duncan. “This property has long been regarded as a commercial
centerpiece of downtown Stamford, and the recent successful leasing activity
here proves that it is as appealing as ever to a range of firms across various industries.”

677 Washington Boulevard is a Class A complex located on over 12 acres. It includes the 13-story Office Tower, the seven-story Pavilion, and a three-story retail and ancillary building. It is close to I-95 and to the Stamford Transportation Center, which offers both Metro North Commuter and Amtrak rail service. Current tenants include WWE, KPMG and Perkins Eastman.

Completed in 1998 to serve as the North American headquarters of UBS, the complex was gradually vacated over the course of a decade.

George Comfort & Sons joined AVG Partners in the property’s ownership in early 2018, taking on operating and leasing responsibilities, as well as developing and executing the plan to reposition and re-lease the buildings.

Today’s announcements represent a major step forward in cementing the property’s standing as the center of downtown Stamford.  As part of ownership’s ongoing repositioning program, upcoming plans for site include the development of a 400-unit apartment building with an additional retail component.

Building ownership was represented in-house in all transactions by Mr. Duncan and Dana Pike. Representing Philip Morris International were Richard Bernstein and Steven Baker of Cushman &Wakefield; XL Global Services was represented by Trip Hoffman of Cushman & Wakefield; General Atlantic was represented by Rob Martin and Paul Kauffman of JLL; and Sandbrook Capital was represented by Adam Klimek and William Montague of Cushman & Wakefield.

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