When Franklin Templeton inked a virtually 350,000 square-foot lease at SL Green’s One Madison Avenue last week, it wasn’t to scale back the quantity of space it has at seven other Manhattan locations.
Unlike many corporate “consolidations” which can be mainly a option to save on rent, Franklin Templeton’s move will reduce its overall space only barely, brokerage sources said.
The greater advantage is to dedicate specific floors on the firm’s recent address for its various operating units.
“They’re not only putting everyone under one roof, it’s an entire recent workplace strategy,” one insider said.
Franklin Templeton CEO Jenny Johnson said the placement “provides the best combination of dedicated space for our specialist investment managers and collaborative space for our broader firm.”
They’re also getting state-of-the-art construction on floors 11-22, a few of the glass-wrapped floors that SL Green is adding to the structure’s original nine floors as a part of a $2.3 billion restoration and expansion.
The deal brings One Madison Avenue to 55% leased, following earlier deals with IBM and Chelsea Piers Fitness. The tower is on course to open in November 2023.