West Harlem Development Corporation Grows At Sweets Building In West Harlem

The Janus Property Company has closed a lease with the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) at the Sweets Building, 423 West 127th Street, in Harlem.

WHDC renewed its 2,000-square foot space on the first floor and expanded with an additional 900 feet on the top floor of the building.

WHDC promotes increased economic opportunities and quality of life by building collaborations and leveraging resources to sustain a vibrant community in West Harlem.


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WHDC has funded 177 nonprofits, community-based organizations, and projects to serve the neighborhood and Community District 9 residents with services in education, housing, workforce development, arts and culture, and more.

“We’re thrilled to have the West Harlem Development Corporation expand within the Sweets Building,” said Jerry Salama of Janus Property Company. “Their goal to elevate the community in West Harlem through constant collaboration with nonprofits, businesses, institutions, government agencies, and other stakeholders is one of many reasons we are proud to continue our relationship in the heart of West Harlem.”

“We can’t think of a better location to continue our neighborhood footprint,” said Zead Ramadan, Interim Executive Director. “We are pleased to expand with a community-based partner that furthers our mission.  The Manhattanville Factory District has proven to be an invaluable asset for our organization, allowing us to support community projects that increase equal economic opportunities and promote a higher quality of life.”

Originally a candy factory where Dentyne chewing gum was developed, the Sweets Building is now a modern, five-story commercial office building that retains the distinctive industrial architecture of the West Harlem neighborhood.

The Sweets Building was among the first completed commercial buildings in the Manhattanville Factory District.

The Manhattanville Factory District is a 1.5 million-square-foot, a multi-phase, master-planned campus that includes extensive private and publicly accessible outdoor space. It spans east from Amsterdam Avenue from West 125th to West 128th Streets.

The Manhattanville Factory District is a 1.5 million-square-foot, a multi-phase, master-planned campus that includes extensive private and publicly accessible outdoor space. It spans east from Amsterdam Avenue from West 125th to West 128th Streets.

It is just a few short blocks from the West Side Highway, Hudson River Park Bike Path and the A, C, B, D and #1 subway lines.

A major focus of the District has been building a vibrant science and creative cluster within the existing West Harlem fabric.

In addition to the Sweets Building, the District includes 460 West 126th Street, 1351 Amsterdam Avenue, the re-built Mink Building, and the newly-constructed 200,000 rentable square-foot Malt House and 350,000 rentable square-foot Taystee Lab Building.

The design of each component of the campus addresses the architecture and scale of the neighborhood while modern lab facilities and flexible office, not-for-profit and retail space deliver on New York City’s pressing need for a well-located state-of-the-art innovation campus in a walkable neighborhood.

The Janus Property Company is a developer, long-term owner, and manager of 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.

Photo credit: 1-2) Manhattanville Factory District.

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