The Taystee Lab Building is being developed by the Janus Property Company. Janus is proud of its long-term track record of success, deep local involvement and support, and proven commitment to quality and value.


SCOTT METZNER founded Janus over 25 years ago. With his partner, Jerry Salama, their development work has included extensive rehabilitation and new construction of market rate and affordable rental and condominium housing, mixed-use projects, large-scale commercial buildings, and the master-planning and re-zoning of the largest non-institutional assemblage of privately-owned property in West Harlem.

Mr. Metzner was one of the earliest developers involved with Harlem’s current re-birth. In addition to his New York projects, Mr. Metzner has been active in both national real estate markets and international capital markets in senior positions at Roseland Property Company, Daiwa Securities America and as a partner at Eastdil Realty, a precursor to Eastdil-Secured.

Mr. Metzner received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Executive Committee of the board of Phipps Houses, New York’s largest affordable housing developer/owner, is a board member of Phipps Neighborhoods and is Co-Chairman of the Board of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

JERRY SALAMA has been a Principal of the Janus Property Company for almost 20 years. 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 of New York for Finance and Economic Development. Earlier in his career, Mr. Salama was a real estate attorney with the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Mr. Salama received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. For more than 20 years, he has taught a course at the New York University School of Law entitled “Land Use, Housing and Community Development in New York City.”


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    Design Architect
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    Executive Architect
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