Meet Us

The Janus Property Company has grown into the single largest and most active non institutional or government developer and property owner in the Manhattanville Factory District. Janus has a long history of successful development in upper-Manhattan, specializing in the creative development of complex public-private projects. Founded in 1989, Janus has been headquartered on West 126th Street for more than 20 years and is proud to be an integral part of the West Harlem community.Together, the principals of Janus, Scott Metzner and Jerry Salama, have almost 60 years of real estate development, finance, law, public policy, construction and management experience. In the case of the Taystee Building, Janus is pleased to have formed a partnership with the principals of Monadnock Construction, one of New York's most respected and accomplished construction firms.

Scott Metzner is Founder and Principal of the Janus Property Company and affiliates. Prior to Janus, Mr. Metzner held senior positions with several national firms focusing on both agency and principal-related real estate activity, including at Daiwa Securities America and Eastdil Realty (a predecessor firm to Eastdil-Secured) where he rose from associate to partner.Mr. Metzner received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University with a double concentration in finance and real estate, and a five-year Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from University of Maryland. He currently sits on the Executive Committee as Trustee of Phipps Houses, the nation's oldest and one of its largest not-for-profit developer/owners of affordable housing, Phipps Community Development Corporation, its social services affiliate, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the story of New York immigration and enhancing appreciation for the profound role it plays in shaping America.

Jerry Salama is Principal of several Janus Property Company affiliates including The Taystee Building. Prior to Janus, Mr. Salama was Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Acting General Manager of the New York City Housing Authority and Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. He started his career as a real estate attorney with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. In addition to his role as principal, he has advised clients including the Enterprise Foundation, the New York City Housing Partnership and the Faith Center for Community Development. He also completed a fellowship with the Open Society Institute and teaches at New York University School of Law. Mr. Salama received his law degree from Harvard Law School, his Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and his Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Salama has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of several housing and community development organizations.

Commercial Leasing

Phase III – The Taystee Building
David Itzkowitz
Senior Director
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10104
212-841-7551 Tel
212-805-1448 e Fax

Phases I, II, IV and Future Development
Arthur Draznin
Executive Managing Director
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
125 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10017
212-372-2324 Tel

Retail Leasing

Aaron Gavios
Executive Vice President
Square Foot Realty, LLC

14 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10122

212-971-1444 Fax



One block east are the A and D Express subway lines accessing TimeWarner Center, Columbus Circle, and Central Park in one stop, along with the B and D Local subway lines; One avenue west at Broadway is the #1 Local subway line, accessing the #2 and #3 Express subway lines – MTA Subway Map

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The District sits within the highest concentration of North-South and East-West bus lines in Manhattan – MTA Bus Map


The MetroNorth Commuter Rail Station is approximately one mile east at 125th Street and Park Avenue, accessing the suburbs of Westchester to the north and Grand Central Station.


The North-bound and South-bound access and exits of the West Side Highway are two short avenues west.

Commercial Vehicle

Amsterdam Avenue conveniently runs both north and south at this location and is the major truck route in and out of Manhattan, with direct access to Interstate-95, the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey and the New York State Thruway.