The Carlyle Group is about to buy the retail portion of a Manhattan office tower, according to a report today by Bloomberg.
Sources told the news service that Carlyle would by the retail portion of 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $525 million (€336 million). The transaction would help the owner, real estate investor and New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner, repay debt. Kushner purchased the building last year for $1.8 billion.
The sources said that Crown Acquisitions would be brought on as a leasing partner.
666 Fifth Avenue is made up of 1.5 million square feet and has about 90,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, with three main stores. Those spaces are currently occupied by the National Basketball Association store, Hickey-Freeman, and Brooks Brothers, which has reportedly agreed to move out next year.
Earlier this month Carlyle acquired nearby 650 Madison Avenue for $680 million with Ashkenazy Acquisition.
Both Kushner and Carlyle declined to comment on the report.