By Sam Frizell
April 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s team has signed a lease for a campaign headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, TIME has learned, moving the former Secretary of State closer to her all-but-inevitable announcement this month: she is running for president.

The lease was signed in the last two days, giving Clinton until around April 15 to officially announce her candidacy for president before she runs afoul of campaign finance laws.

Clinton’s offices will be located at 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, an office building with views of New York Harbor and southern Manhattan.

The team will work from the 10th and 11th floors of the 19-story building, taking up more than 80,000 square feet of space. One Pierrepont Plaza was constructed in the 1980s, and the Clinton campaign will share the tower with the office of the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York and Morgan Stanley.

Clinton’s operation would occupy even more space than President Obama did during his reelection campaign in 2011 and 2012, when he leased 50,000 square feet of space in the Prudential Building in Chicago.

In promotional material, the building bills itself as “Modern Offices. Brooklyn Cool.” The tower is in the genteel and upper-middle-class Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, close to nearly a dozen subway lines and just a few stops from Downtown Manhattan.

The building is owned by Forest City Ratner, whose chairman Bruce Ratner is a Democrat and an ally of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio served on Clinton’s 1999 campaign for Senator in New York.

The Clinton team worked with two brokers from the international real estate firm CBRE, Roshan Shah and Keith Caggiano, who have advised the Clintons for several years. As TIME previously reported, CBRE has been advising Clinton on her Brooklyn office space for months, and assisted the Clintons’ office move from Harlem to Midtown Manhattan in 2011.

Politico first reported Clinton’s team had signed the lease.

 

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