Avis to stay in Midtown following looming move

Car rental operation to exit Church Street space for mixed-use tower project

The Midtown office of Avis will soon move to a nearby location to make way for mixed-use development.

A source with information about the move and who asked to go unnamed said XMi Commercial Real Estate, which manages the 1816 Church St. building from which Avis operates, is targeting another Church Street site for the car rental operation.

Michael D. Shmerling Partners GP owns the Avis building. A small building that once housed a convenience market is also part of the site (seen below in an image courtesy of Google Maps).

The GP is expected to soon sell the property to Giarratana Development, which plans for the site a 17-story building (see rendering below) to include retail space and 238 apartments. Giarratana Development has the site under contract and would demolished both non-descript buildings.

Shmerling is chairman of XMi Holdings, parent of XMi Commercial Real Estate.
“Our plan is to actively work to relocate Avis the next few months to make way for future development of the property,” said Henry Menge (pictured), managing director and principal broker with XMi Commercial Real Estate.

“Avis was keen on maintaining in Midtown one of their more successful area offices and we, of course, want to retain a quality tenant,” added Menge, who declined to identify a future Avis site.

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