BA Completes 8,373-SF Lease Extension for Openlands

Chicago, IL — Jeffrey A. Bernstein and Laurence B. Elbaum, Principals and Co-Founders of Bradford Allen, are pleased to announce that Managing Director Jonathan Seeley and Associate Merrick Wells have completed a lease extension on behalf of Openlands. The Chicago-based nonprofit signed a long-term lease extension to remain in their offices at 25 E. Washington, where they are one of the largest tenants. Openlands currently occupies space on the 16th floor and have been in the building for over twenty years.

“This transaction was mutually beneficial for both parties, providing the opportunity for the long-standing relationship between Openlands and Aspire Properties to continue to thrive,” said Wells.

“In light of the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, this renewal allowed Openlands to continue to focus on its core mission with minimal interruption,” added Seeley.

Founded in 1963 as a program of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Openlands is one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, proudly serving Northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to protect natural habitats and wildlife. The organization has now helped to protect more than 55,000 acres of land for public parks and forest preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, urban farms, and community gardens.

“Jeff and I are really proud of John and Merrick. We are living in unprecedented times, and they continue to produce at a high level regardless of the challenges,” said Elbaum.

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