Score one for developer Larry Silverstein, putting the world back in World Trade Center. Crain's is reporting that a Chinese real estate firm is signing on for the top five floors of 7 WTC. Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., with the catchy yet slightly off-kilter slogan "To Create the Most Valuable Living Space," will be calling its 200,000-square-foot expanse the China Center, just in case there was any doubt about who's ruling the new economy. The firm joins the N.Y. Academy of Sciences and Ameriprise Financial of the increasingly cloying baby-boomer commercials, both of which have much smaller parcels within the tower.
· Chinese firm signs five-floor lease at WTC [Crain's]
· Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co. [en.vantone.com]
· 7 World Trade Update: Introducing Tenant #2 [Curbed]