The Madison Avenue building where a freak elevator accident occurred earlier this month—killing one person—is set to re-open in early January. On Dec. 14, Y&R ad executive Suzanne Hart was killed when the elevator at 285 Madison Avenue malfunctioned as she was stepping in, crushing her. The 26-story office tower, which is owned by Y&R's parent company WPP PLC, has been closed since then. But Y&R aren't coming back.
Y&R, formerly known as Young & Rubicam, is moving to 125 Park Ave. on Jan. 3. “Over the holiday break, we will completely transplant our agency operations there,” the firm said yesterday in a statement. Y&R had been planning to move in mid-2013 to 3 Columbus Circle anyway, but the tragic death of Hart has moved up their timetable to leave the building.
285 Madison Ave. will also partially re-open on Jan. 3—the upper floors, accessed by a separate elevator bank, will be open. Meanwhile, the company says the lower bank of elevators is still part of the ongoing Department of Buildings investigation into what went wrong.