A company that plans to turn the 20 Nassau Street building into a hotel has paid $32 million for the property, according to public records obtained by Planet Princeton.
According to the deed, made on Oct. 29 and effective Oct. 31, a Delaware limited liability company called GPNJ Owner LLC, with an address in Chicago, purchased the property from Rajika Scott. Hotel developer Benjamin Weprin of Graduate Hotels is the president of GPNJ, according to the deed. His company develops hotels with collegiate themes. The company financed the purchase, according to public records.
The property is assessed at just over $7 million, according to property tax records.
On Nov. 8, tenants of 20 Nassau received a letter from a representative for the new owners informing them that rental rates will not change and that people will be able to stay in the building until their leases end. People who want out of their leases early won’t be penalized. About 140 professionals, startups, and small businesses lease space in the building, which has offered affordable rental rates in Princeton for decades.
“If your current lease is month to month, know that we feel confident we can accommodate you through at least April 2020,” reads the letter from Pablo David, vice president of government affairs and community relations for GPNJ.
The maintenance team and management under the previous owner will remain on staff, according to the letter. Tenants were directed to talk to the manager of the building for help finding another lease somewhere else.
Some tenants have already found space in other locations. Several tenants have reported that their new spaces are not centrally located, are much smaller spaces, and in some cases are more expensive than what they paid at 20 Nassau. Some tenants are contemplating moves to the outskirts of Princeton, the Route 1 area, or other towns.