Photo: Christian Johnston

Photo: Christian Johnston

Founded in 1985, United American Land, LLC (UAL) is a family-owned real estate development, investment, and management company based in Soho. Its principals, the brothers Albert, Jason and Jody Laboz, own and manage over fifty properties in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They have restored, improved, and reinvented historic buildings in Tribeca, Soho, Chelsea, and the Flatiron District via conversion from commercial use to luxury residences, as well as adaptive reuse of the historic buildings to prime retail use.

 Throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, UAL has created spaces for high-profile retail enterprises including Just Cavalli, La Perla, Dylan's Candy Bar, and Sephora, as well as middle market tenants such as Bank of America, Duane Reade, Payless Shoes, Steve Madden, and others.

Among the current UAL projects is the repositioning of a 250,000-square-foot landmark building on the Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn comprised of a 130,000-square-foot retail component as well as a 120,000-square-foot residential loft component, with H&M, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, and Old Navy as tenants. In addition, the company has assembled a site at Bridge and Willoughby  Streets, where UAL has joint ventured with Avalon Bay to build a 750,000-square-foot mixed-use building of residential and retail.

  UAL was also selected by the New York City Economic Development Corp. to own and develop 50,000 square feet of the Brooklyn Municipal Building into prime retail space. Located at 210 Joralemon Street, in the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, the tenants include Sephora, Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, SoulCycle, YogaWorks and It'Sugar.

A significant past development is the luxury residential condominium known as Soho Mews, which is a 175,000-square-foot building designed by the renowned architects Gwathmey Siegel, which comprises 68 residential units, ground floor retail shops, and underground parking.

 Albert Laboz serves as chairman of the Fulton Mall Improvement Association, as member of the executive committee of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and as a member of the MetroTech Business Improvement District. He is also a trustee of the Yeshiva of Flatbush.