Over the last 11 years, Ali Esmaeilzadeh has worked on every office lease involving Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC). He oversees the leasing and interior fit-out construction of the commercial portfolio, which consists of 6.7 million square feet (623,000 sq m) of Class A office space at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, New York, and several other projects within the FCRC office portfolio.
“We’ve been able to make downtown Brooklyn a vibrant, 24/7 community,” he says.
Esmaeilzadeh signed up numerous high-profile commercial tenants and introduced ticket-discounter TKTS to Brooklyn so that locals could buy tickets to Brooklyn shows, including events such as the U.S. Open viewing at MetroTech Commons, concert series, and movie screenings.
“Esmaeilzadeh’s passion for his community shows in all of his work,” says MaryAnne Gilmartin, FCRC’s president and chief executive officer. “He has been involved in the rebranding and re-leasing of downtown Brooklyn, helping to make it a broader cross-section of the economy and industries for over ten years.”
Esmaeilzadeh started as an intern at FCRC 11 years ago. Since joining the firm, he has been responsible for the overall marketing of the office portfolio, leading negotiations for and execution of 2.5 million square feet (232,000 sq m) of office, retail, academic, medical, and critical facilities/data center leasing transactions. He guided the design and construction management of more than 800,000 square feet (74,000 sq m) of office and critical facility space, totaling over $100 million. He has also been actively involved in several ground-up development opportunities, including the Bridge, a 240,000-square-foot (22,000 sq m) Class A office building on the Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island.