Element Solutions, Inc. Renews Lease at 383 Main Ave, Norwalk, CTChoyce Peterson Negotiates 13,241 SF Transaction

Element Solutions, Inc. Renews Lease at 383 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT Choyce Peterson Negotiates 13,241 SF Transaction

NORWALK, CT – Choyce Peterson, Inc. (www.choycepeterson.com), a full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm, announced the successful conclusion of lease negotiations on behalf of Element Solutions, Inc. (ESI) (www.elementsolutionsinc.com), a NYSE listed, global diversified specialty chemicals company, for a 13,241 square foot (SF) office at MerrittView, 383 Main Avenue in Norwalk, CT. Choyce Peterson Principal John Hannigan and Vice President Charlene O’Connell represented ESI in this transaction.

When ESI’s Chief Accounting Officer Michael Russnok realized they had excess office space, a layout that no longer worked for their group, and over one year left on their lease term, they reached out to Hannigan and his team for assistance. Choyce Peterson is headquartered in the same MerrittView building, and Russnok had previously seen Choyce Peterson’s marketing materials to recognize that Choyce Peterson had the expertise that ESI needed to navigate this transaction.

During the initial meeting, Russnok explained that ESI preferred to stay in the same building due to its convenient location next to the Merritt Parkway, and excellent amenities including a renovated cafeteria, fitness center and covered parking. Choyce Peterson recommended Monique Delerme of Corporate Design, LLC to be added to the team to design and test fit various reconfigurations which would identify the exact layout of the new space. Given the timing and the need to downsize, Hannigan and his team got to work coordinating a strategic proposal to the landlord. Choyce Peterson then negotiated on ESI’s behalf to secure favorable business terms for the new long-term lease including a period of free rent, a reduced rental rate, and a landlord-funded build-out. When downsizing and retrofitting an existing office, a strategy needs to be in place as to who is paying for the work, what hours of the day the construction will be done, where a new demising wall will be located and whether the tenant will remain in the space or vacate during the construction period. In this case, during the construction of the permanent office, ESI was able to remain in a portion of the space they were giving back.

Hannigan commented, “Working with Mike and the ESI team has been a great experience. Facing one year left on a lease with an office layout that is no longer efficient seems like an uphill battle. But with the creative solutions that we brought to the table, including an architect, we negotiated with the landlord to ensure new lease terms for a better laid-out workplace with a new, cost-effective lease for our client.”

Russnok concluded, “We were fortunate to work with John and his team on this challenging office space project. We knew our specifications were demanding and would not be easy to fulfill. But John and his team offered up innovative solutions at each turn. Ultimately, we’re thrilled that we will have a renovated office with an efficient layout, and we look forward to continuing to have our office in Norwalk.”

About Element Solutions, Inc.

Element Solutions is a leading specialty chemicals company whose operating businesses formulate a broad range of solutions that enhance the performance of products people use every day. Developed in multi-step technological processes, our innovative solutions enable our customers' manufacturing processes in several key segments, including electronic circuitry, communication infrastructure, automotive systems, industrial surface finishing, consumer packaging, and offshore energy.

About Choyce Peterson

Choyce Peterson, Inc., a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm with offices in Norwalk, CT and Rye Brook, NY, was founded in 1997 and has negotiated millions of square feet of transactions in 42 states and Canada. The Choyce Peterson process delivers comprehensive and creative real estate solutions to ensure clients derive maximum value from their real estate decisions.