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MTA rail transit group subleases space in downtown L.A. office tower

MTA's rail transit team has occupied two floors of a 52-story building in a deal valued at about $1 million a year.

March 23, 2011|By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
  • An MTA rail transit team has subleased the 10th and 11th floors of this 52-story downtown Los Angeles office tower, at 777 S. Figueroa St.
An MTA rail transit team has subleased the 10th and 11th floors of this 52-story… (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles…)

A new rail transit team overseen by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has subleased space in a prominent downtown Los Angeles office tower.

The group working on the proposed Westside subway extension and regional connector through downtown Los Angeles has taken 41,628 square feet of space at 777 S. Figueroa St. in a sublease with insurance broker Marsh USA.

The sublease is valued at an annual price of about $1 million, or $24 per square foot, according to real estate brokerage Studley, which represented the tenant in the deal. The agreement may last as long as seven years.

Transit team members began moving last month into the 10th and 11th floors of the 52-story tower designed by architect Cesar Pelli and owned by MPG Office Trust. About 200 employees of the MTA and transportation consultants from AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff will occupy the space.

The space came fully furnished, allowing the transit team to move in quickly, broker Andy Lustgarten of Studley said.

The million-square-foot building was completed in 1991 and is near a major subway hub and Staples Center.

roger.vincent@latimes.com

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