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New Office Will Become Prototype for Nonprofit’s Offices

August 19, 2020

New York City – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces it represented Graham Windham in a new, 6,000-square-foot lease at 25 Chapel St. in Brooklyn. Transwestern Partners Lindsay Ornstein and Stephen Powers, Executive Managing Director Arthur Skelskie, and Senior Associates Jake Cinti and Alexander Smith provided Occupier Solutions services for Graham Windham.

Graham Windham is a family services agency founded by Eliza Hamilton more than 200 years ago. The new Brooklyn office will house a group providing critical preventative services, which was funded through a contract with the City of New York. The office will feature a design aesthetic that is professional and also creates a welcoming, relaxing environment to help put clients at ease. To address COVID-19, the layout will have individual and group workspaces that meet physical distancing requirements, while the IT infrastructure will support flexible and remote work options.

“We are very excited to be opening our new Brooklyn office,” said Kym Watson, COO of Graham Windham. “We are very intentionally creating a non-institutional atmosphere that exemplifies our ‘Pillars,’ or core values. Through the design and decor, we are incorporating features to minimize the effects of trauma and toxic stress, which will be a terrific benefit to both our families and staff. We intend for the design of this location to become a prototype for all Graham Windham offices.”

The Brooklyn office is expected to open in October 2020. Building ownership, 40 Flatbush Realty Associates, was represented internally.

“The critical services that Graham Windham provides are even more important during this time of pandemic, when there is such tremendous and widespread need,” said Skelskie. “This lease shows that leasing and construction work is still being successfully completed in New York City, even if timelines stretch a bit longer. We are very pleased to see the determination in all parties to close this deal to ensure that Graham Windham can take occupancy and begin helping people this fall.”

Transwestern has extensive experience helping nonprofits of all sizes minimize occupancy costs and capitalize on the tremendous savings uniquely available to tax-exempt organizations. The Nonprofit Advisory Services Group starts every project from a mission and program perspective and then uses that understanding to build a real estate solution that addresses key considerations for nonprofits, including tax-exempt status, deal structure, space needs, board consensus, and fundraising and financials.

About Transwestern Real Estate Services

Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Occupier Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics.

The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. An integrated approach formed from fresh ideas drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, investment management and opportunistic programs for high-net-worth investors. The firm operates through 34 U.S. offices and global alliances with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Devencore. Learn more at and @Transwestern.

About Graham Windham

Graham Windham operates youth development and family support programs at 11 community-based sites in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester for close to 5,000 children and their families each year. Services include family foster care, adoption, preventive services through family strengthening, mental and behavioral health, parenting supports, afterschool, and youth development. In addition, Graham Windham oversees The Greenburgh-Graham Union Free School District (GGUFSD) that is located on our campus and provides a year-round K-12 educational program for over 300 students. The GGUFSD is a fully accredited public school district offering comprehensive elementary, middle and secondary special education programs in small classes leading to a high school diploma. For more information, please visit or follow us on social media.


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