Leading NYC Life Sciences Developer Provides Young Real Estate Association Members Inside Look at New York’s Premier Life Science Campus
On July 27, the Janus Property Company hosted the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association (YM/WREA) with a summer evening of intimate tours, comments and reception with its principals at its impressive Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem. The Factory District is the largest privately-owned development in upper-Manhattan, encompassing four acres and over 1.1 million rsf. The District includes the newly completed 350,000 rsf Taystee Lab Building and 200,000 rsf Malt House, as well as the 150,000 rsf Mink Building, 50,000 rsf Sweets Building, 10,000 rsf Plowshares Coffee Roastery and Café, as well as several future development sites – all tied together as a unique master-planned, landscaped campus embedded in the context of the 125th Street arts and innovation corridor adjacent to Columbia University and City College.
Indicative of its leadership position in the life sciences, the Mink Building is home to Renal Research Institute, Volastra Therapeutics, Hemogenyx Pharmaceuticals, BioBus and HypotheKids; the Malt House will houses Communitas America’s new ”Heyground” social entrepreneur incubator; and the Sweets Building, boasts the Harlem Biospace incubator and Gluck+ architectural firm, among others.
The well-attended reception started in the beautiful Taystee Lab Building lobby designed by LevenBetts Architects with presentations and remarks by YM/WREA Chairwoman Lauren Calandriello and former Chairwoman Caroline Merck. Janus Property Company President, Scott Metzner, followed with an historical overview and explanation of the master-plan and qualities of the various buildings and landscaped connections and courtyards. Extended tours followed of the various buildings, floors, private terraces and courtyards, led by members of the Janus team and CBRE, Taystee’s exclusive broker. Guests experienced firsthand how quickly express trains or Ubers brought them to the District, as well as the District’s proximity to City College, Columbia University and all of the energy, culture and amenities of 125th Street.
Guests also enjoyed local refreshments on the warm evening outing. As always, Harlem Hops co-owners Kim Harris and Kevin Bradford and their team provided local, craft and family-owned brewed beer on tap, and wine, and Sugar Hill Creamery co-owners Petrushka Bazin Larsen and Nick Larsen and their team scooped a delicious array of their homemade ice cream and vegan sorbets. Together, it was yet another example of Janus partnering with local, Harlem-based businesses to highlight the exceptional dining and entertainment options in the neighborhood.
After the event, Scott Metzner, President of the Janus Property Company, said “We always enjoy partnering with YM/WREA. Tonight’s successful social and professional event was just another great example of how hungry we all are to be back in person, to kick the bricks, exchange business cards and get back to business. The YM/WREA group has always been a great resource for the future leaders of our real estate community and we always enjoy working with them.”
About the Janus Property Company
The Janus Property Company is a developer, long-term owner and manager of life science, commercial, mixed-use and residential properties in New York City, with a current primary focus on the creative redevelopment of the Manhattanville Factory District in West Harlem. Since 1989, Janus has consistently undertaken important and complex community development projects, creating enduring value for its tenants, partners, lenders and the greater New York City community. It specializes in understanding the numerous issues involved in developing and managing real property in New York. This has resulted in an impressive array of successful projects ranging from the extensive rehabilitation and new construction of market rate and affordable rental and condominium housing to mixed-use projects, small and large-scale life science properties and master-planned neighborhood development. Janus is headquartered in the Manhattanville Factory District.