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Safehold To Originate New $180M Ground Lease in New York City

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Safehold Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with an institutional investment manager to create a new $180 million Safehold ground lease under the office property at 685 Third Avenue in New York City.

The transaction is expected to close in 2019, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

685 Third Avenue is a 31-story, 639,000-square-foot office building in Manhattan’s Grand Central submarket.

According to a prepared release, the building is one block from Grand Central terminal with access to the Metro-North Commuter Rail and to the 4, 5, 6, and 7 subway lines. The property has an attractive footprint, occupying the entire city block and has undergone significant capital improvements since 2004.

Safehold Inc. is a publicly traded REIT that originates and acquires ground leases in order to generate attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns.