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Starrett Lehigh offers space for any-size auto dealership.

Starrett Lehigh offers space for any-size auto dealership

New York may be the "drive-in" capital of the northeast when it comes to banking and food outlets, but its gas tank is nearly empty as far as fueling the requirements of auto showrooms and their service centers.

In all of Manhattan, for example, only a small number buildings still remain that can adequately house a full service auto dealership, and only one - the Starrett Lehigh Building - is uniquely equipped to meet the needs of virtually any size automotive or transportation tenant, no matter how large it may be.

"That's why we're probably seeing practically every vehicularrelated prospective tenant currently looking for large space in Manhattan," asserted Alvin Schwartz, executive vice president of Helmsley-Spear, which owns, leases and manages the 19-story, two million square foot block-long structure at 601 West 26th Street, overlooking the Hudson River waterfront.

When it comes to big and ideally suited for vehicles, it doesn't come any larger or better than the facilities at this landmark west side property.

For example, the building's 150,000-square-foot ground floor features 25-foot high ceilings (tall enough to stack several automobiles atop one another), and a truck ramp to the second floor where there's enough space to create a three-acre service center.

But that's really just the beginning of the unusual facilities at the Starrett Lehigh Building, where elevators carry trucks as long as 29 feet directly to individual loading bays on every floor and unique design features provide what most agree are the finest shipping, loading and distribution facilities in New York City.

Although its primary targets continue to be large secondary office users and computer operations, the imposing structure - it occupies the entire block between 26th and 27th Streets between 11th and 12th Avenues - continues to attract virtually every type of warehousing, light industrial and back office tenant.
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Title Annotation:Starrett Lehigh Building
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 11, 1991
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