Feb 08, 2019

TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners Announce Intention to Redevelop Grand Hyatt Adjacent to Grand Central Terminal, Supporting East Midtown Revitalization and Vital Transit Upgrades

NEW YORK (February 8, 2019) – TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners, L.P. today announced their intention to pursue redevelopment of Grand Hyatt New York adjacent to Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan in collaboration with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (Hyatt). The new project would replace the existing building and create an iconic 2 million square foot mixed-use development, including world-class office and retail space, dramatic improvements to the public transportation infrastructure in the Grand Central Terminal transit complex and a new luxury Grand Hyatt hotel.

The project would transform one of the most important sites in East Midtown – at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, directly adjacent to Grand Central Terminal – offering state-of-the-art, Class A office space to meet demand for the most technologically advanced and efficient floorplans. The project would include substantial public benefits consistent with the recent rezoning of East Midtown:

  • Attract and retain world-class talent and businesses that require new construction, building on recent East Midtown advancements that include JP Morgan’s announcement that it will redevelop its headquarters on Park Avenue and the ongoing development of One Vanderbilt.
  • Support significant new improvements at Grand Central Terminal, including:
    • Enhanced connectivity and circulation in the Grand Central subway complex
    • New subway entrances
    • Additional design improvements
  • Revitalize Grand Hyatt New York, protecting union and non-union hotel jobs and driving economic growth
  • Provide significant increase in tax revenue at a critical East Midtown location.

The development team looks forward to working closely with the MTA to begin a comprehensive planning effort that will ensure that the final design will maximize benefits to their NYCT and Metro-North customers, and ultimately, Long Island Rail Road riders once the East Side Access Project is completed. The development would be subject to City and State public review processes and work would only begin following receipt of necessary City and State approvals, completion of the design plans and the arrangement of sufficient project financing to complete its construction. Development would be made possible by the contribution of development rights from Grand Central Terminal, currently owned by TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners, combined with the increase in density permitted in accordance with the recently approved rezoning of East Midtown to support new office development and infrastructure investment. The redevelopment plans were created in consultation with the New York Hotel Trades Council.

Jeremy Shell, Principal, TF Cornerstone: “This extraordinary project builds on TF Cornerstone’s proud history of mixed-use development in New York City. We look forward to the opportunity to bring a new icon to New York’s skyline and help advance the City’s goals for desperately needed new development and infrastructure in East Midtown.”

Jake Elghanayan, Principal, TF Cornerstone: “We are proud to support sustainable, transit-oriented development with new Class A office space, retail, and a Grand Hyatt hotel adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. The development will provide transit improvements that will transform the experience for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day.”

Jason Kollander, Principal, MSD Partners: “This unique partnership is another example of our commitment to investing in East Midtown and helping to drive the revitalization of New York’s most important business district for the next generation.”

Mark Pardue, Senior Vice President, Operations and Human Resources, Americas, Hyatt: “Hyatt first entered the critical New York market with the flagship Grand Hyatt New York, and the hotel has always been one of our most iconic properties and vital locations. With support from our valued colleagues, we have proudly operated in the city for more than 35 years and remain committed to operating high quality hotels that can sustain long-term success and career opportunities for our colleagues in the market. We look forward to collaborating with TF Cornerstone and MSD Partners to introduce an extraordinary new hotel that will welcome global travelers and local New Yorkers alike while delivering public benefits that will make New York City a better place for residents and visitors.”

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About TF Cornerstone Inc.
TF Cornerstone Inc. (TFC) is a family-owned and operated real estate company focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and management of modern residential, commercial, and retail properties in New York and Washington, D.C. Headquartered at 387 Park Avenue South, TFC’s principals pride themselves on their personal involvement in all aspects of their business and portfolio, ensuring the highest level of quality. The company pioneered the transformation of Long Island City’s waterfront area into an amenity-rich thoroughfare, established the initiation of residential redevelopment in the Hudson Yards section of Manhattan, developed the Cesar-Pelli designed Carnegie Hall Tower and other distinguished properties in the Financial District, Hudson Yards, the Meatpacking District, among others. With several momentous projects in the pipeline, TFC continues to demonstrate a long-standing and vested interest in these neighborhoods through its strong commitment to local organizations and community events. For more information about TF Cornerstone, please visit tfc.com.

About MSD Partners
MSD Partners, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser located in New York, was formed in 2009 by the principals of MSD Capital, L.P. to enable a select group of investors to invest in strategies that were developed by MSD Capital. MSD Capital was established in 1998 to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. MSD Partners utilizes a multi-disciplinary investment strategy focused on maximizing long-term capital appreciation by making investments across the globe in the equities of public and private companies, credit, real estate and other asset classes and securities. Additional information regarding MSD Partners may be found at msdpartners.com.

Media Contacts
TF Cornerstone: Jovana Rizzo or Jeremy Soffin, BerlinRosen – 646-452-5637, tfcornerstone@berlinrosen.com

MSD Partners, L.P.: Todd Fogarty, Kekst CNC – 212-521-4854, todd.fogarty@kekstcnc.com