So 11 months before 9/11 this article comes out ….
Blackstone Acquires Debt On 7 World Trade Center.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2000
Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, the global real estate investment and
management arm of The Blackstone Group, L.P., announced today that it has
purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating
mortgage secured by 7 World Trade Center, a commercial office complex
controlled by real estate developer Larry Silverstein.
Located in downtown Manhattan, 7 World Trade Center is a 47 story, Class A,
office tower containing 2 million square feet of office space. The property,
which is 100% occupied, houses some of Manhattan’s premier companies
including Salomon Smith Barney, Hartford Fire Insurance, American Express and
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.