Robert Khodadadian – Commercial Observer

The National Bank of Egypt will relocate its New York City offices to the Durst Organization’s 825 Third Avenue in Midtown, Commercial Observer has learned.

The bank signed a 10-year lease for 12,278 square feet at 825 Third. It will be a downgrade in size from its current 15,000-square foot headquarters at 40 East 52nd Street, but the bank had little choice since its old home is being redeveloped, according to tenant broker Newmark.

Newmark declined to disclose the asking rent.

“With building upgrades that focus on building performance, tenant comfort, modern aesthetics and operational efficiency, the new office provides both value and prestige,” Newmark’s Fred Smith, who represented the tenant alongside Thomas Burrus, said in a statement.

Durst recently landed a $100 million loan from JPMorgan Chase Bank on the 40-story Emery Roth-designed office tower, and the three-year term should help the landlord complete its $150 million renovation of the property.

The facelift will give the tenants new amenity spaces, an upgraded entrance and lobby, and earn the building a LEED Gold certification, Commercial Observer previously reported. Most notably, Durst installed special windows that can play videos and be used for video conferencing or presentations, with each panel costing about $50,000.

Durst did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear who brokered the deal for the landlord.

Mark Hallum can be reached at mhallum@commercialobserver.com.

The National Bank of Egypt will relocate its New York City offices to the Durst Organization’s 825 Third Avenue in Midtown, Commercial Observer has learned. The bank signed a 10-year lease for 12,278 square feet at 825 Third. It will be a downgrade in size from its current 15,000-square foot headquarters at 40 East 52ndRead MoreChannel, Leases, Office, 40 East 52nd Street, 825 Third Avenue, Durst Organization, Newmark, The National Bank of Egypt

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