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December 23, 2021

Buyers of MetLife’s former Bloomfield office building score first new tenant

Photo | Contributed Harry Tawil.

The buyers of the colossal former MetLife office building in Bloomfield have scored their first new tenant with international contractor Permasteelisa.

The company provides engineering, manufacturing, project management and installation of building structures and interior systems.

Permasteelisa will occupy 21,500 square feet of the 548,301-square-foot former MetLife building at 1300 Hall Blvd.

New York-based real estate investors Harry Tawil and Jeffrey Chera bought the building from MetLife for $10.4 million on Nov. 5.

Permasteelisa signed a lease that begins in February and is moving about 125 employees from offices in Windsor, according to Chera and Tawil.

MetLife maintained a presence in the former MetLife building after the November purchase, as did actuarial firm Hooker & Holcombe and Trinity Health.

But it was still less than half occupied.

Chera and Tawil said they planned to attract new tenants by refurbishing existing amenities, including a fitness center, and adding new ones, including outdoor fire pits, a café, a games room, golf simulator, artificial indoor putting greens and more.

“They were very attracted to all of the new amenities and all of the additions coming to the building,” Tawil said. “This is a big — if not the — reason they chose to sign with us. They want a good environment for their employees.”

Attempts to reach a Permasteelisa representative were not immediately successful.

Joel M. Grieco, executive director at real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield, represented the landlord.

Shawn McMahon, managing director of JLL Hartford, represented the Permasteelisa.

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