New downtown Greenwich office building hits market, signs leases

November 26, 2017 GMT

It has not taken long for companies to ink deals for some of Greenwich’s newest office space.

Two blocks from the Greenwich Metro-North train station, the three-story structure that once housed Connecticut Light & Power has been transformed into a contemporary office building meant to feel like it is in SoHo or Tribeca, rather than suburban Connecticut.

“It’s the coolest office building in Greenwich,” according to landlord and tenant Rich Granoff, who moved his firm, Granoff Architects, to the building’s first floor in May. “We put a lot into this building and I think it shows,” he told a crowd of commercial real estate brokers at an open house for 330 Railroad Ave. last week.


With some interior work still in progress, two financial firms have already signed deals. Granoff’s firm occupies around 8,000 square feet of its first floor, with the rest of the main floor and lower level fully leased. Still available is roughly 12,400 square feet on the second floor, which Granoff and his partner Jeffrey Mendell have partially turned into prebuilt offices.

The pair bought the 1920s-era building from Eversource Energy in March 2016. Later that year, their request to have it added to Connecticut’s Register of Historic Places was approved. That designation meant the state had jurisdiction over its renovations, but it is also eligible for tax credits.

“In their renovations, the owners have done the right thing by the building — the details are impeccable,” listing agent James Ritman of Newmark Knight Frank told brokers during a presentation. “There is no other building in Greenwich like this.”

Since it stands as a portfolio of Granoff’s work, the building’s design stands apart from many other offices, according to listing agent Allen Murphy of Newmark Knight Frank. “When the owner is a high-end architect, you get features that are more interesting,” he said.

Since moving his firm to their new offices, Granoff said his company culture has changed noticeably.

“We weren’t proud of our offices before,” he said. “Moving here has had a positive impact on everyone. Before, we were on different floors and now we have an incredible space that fosters creativity and community.”

Along with its proximity to the train, 330 Railroad Ave. boasts 60 parking spots, tall ceilings, private tenant entrances and restrooms, and an industrial atmosphere with its large windows and exposed duct work.

“This is exactly what we envisioned, but maybe even better,” Granoff said.

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