Joint venture plans NYC condo conversion

Office tower to become residential high-rise

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SL Green Realty Corp., Credit Suisse, Ian Schrager and RFR Holding LLC have entered into a joint venture arrangement for the redevelopment and residential conversion of One Madison Avenue's North Tower, also known as "The Clocktower," in Manhattan, N.Y. The arrangement calls for the venture to convert the 43-story landmark building, once the tallest building in New York, overlooking Madison Square Park, into residential condominiums. A timetable for the conversion and other project details will be announced at a later date by Ian Schrager and RFR Holding LLC. Marc Holliday, president and chief executive officer of SL Green, stated, "One Madison Avenue is indicative of the type of opportunity that can be uncovered today in classic New York City office buildings. As soon as we were aware of its availability, we saw an opportunity to offer a world-class address for both business and residential occupancy when we assumed ownership of The Clocktower as part of the acquisition. There is n...