By Demetris Tsakas and Aris Papadopoulos
NEW YORK – The Government of Greece sold the office space occupied by the Greek Press Office in New York, as well as the building in Washington, DC, which housed the Greek Embassy’s press operations and other services.
The Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos Panagopoulos and the new Director of the Greek Press Office Greece in New York Sia Papatrianatafyllou confirmed the stales and said that these buildings belonged to the government but that ownership had passed to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).
They emphasized that the bidding had been completed for both buildings.
Both Panagopoulos and Papantriantafyllou indicated that they were not involved with the process and they knew neither how many bids there were, nor who the highest bidders were.
The National Herald learned that the Order of AHEPA had shown interest and contacted Executive Director Basil Mossaides.
“We do have an interest in order to keep it within the Hellenic community. We put in a bid last year and we have been in communication with HRADF,” he said.
He added, however, that he did not have information about the building already being in closing.
An HRADF spokesman said the two buildings were sold in October and if all the relevant documents were in the Greek Embassy in Washington and the New York Press Office.
He also noted that both bids that won the competition were higher than the starting price of $ 9.1 million for the Greek Press Office in New York and 2.7 million dollars for the embassy’s building in DC.
Asked for the names of the buyers and the sales prices, TNH was told that information cannot be revealed when the buyers are private individuals or entities.
The National Herald contacted the real estate agency Vortex Group which undertook the sale of the New York property, but at press time Jeffrey Burger had yet to reply to its message.