Kushner, Anbang end talks to redevelop Manhattan office tower

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  • FILE PHOTO: Passers-by walk near the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York December 7, 2006. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

    FILE PHOTO: Passers-by walk near the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York December 7, 2006. REUTERS/Keith Bedford (Copyright Reuters 2017)

  • White House aides including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L), senior advisors Jared Kushner (C) and Kellyanne Conway arrive with Vice President Mike Pence (R) prior to a joint news conference between  Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017.    REUTERS/Carlos Barria

    White House aides including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L), senior advisors Jared Kushner (C) and Kellyanne Conway arrive with Vice President Mike Pence (R) prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. ... President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (Copyright Reuters 2017)

  • The headquarters building of Anbang Insurance Group are pictured in Beijing, China, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

    The headquarters building of Anbang Insurance Group are pictured in Beijing, China, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee (Copyright Reuters 2017)

Kushner Companies, the real estate firm formerly headed by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, said it has dropped out of talks to redevelop its flagship New York office tower with China's Anbang Insurance Group [ANBANG.UL].

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The two companies, which had been in advanced talks according to media reports, both agreed to end the discussions about redeveloping a 60-year-old office tower that is steps away from St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center.

"Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang about��666 Fifth Avenue's potential redevelopment, and our firms have mutually agreed to end talks regarding the property," a spokesman for Kushner said.

Plans are still ongoing with other investors to redevelop the 39-story aluminum-clad building that fronts Fifth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan, the spokesman said.

"Kushner Companies remains in active, advanced negotiations around��666 Fifth Avenue��with a number of potential investors," he said.

Kushner Cos was headed by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, until earlier this year when his interest in the company was sold to a family trust.

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Concerns had been raised about a conflict of interest given Kushner's role as an adviser to Trump.

Plans call for stripping the building down to its steel columns and adding about 40 floors in a project that was designed by Zaha Hadid, a Pritzker Prize award winner for architecture, before she died last year, the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

News of Kushner and Anbang ending talks was first reported by the New York Post.

(Reporting by Herbert Lash, additional reporting by Joy Wiltermuth of IFR; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)