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Pure Nature’s Wellness Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aphria Inc., has finalized the purchase of 384 Lancaster Ave in west Saint John. The property will be used in the future as a laboratory for the testing and production of medicinal cannabis oils. In a recent CBC story, Ian Scott, Aphria’s Product Development Officer, said “This facility will be staffed with chemists, scientists, laboratory technicians, research and development experts as well as all the required process and packaging support staff.”
In order to allow for the use, the property was successfully rezoned to “Business Park Commercial” with the added condition the property is not to be used in future for anything other than a cannabis processing facility. Rick Turner of Hughes Surveys in Saint John assisted Aphria with the logistics of the re-zoning application and public consultation to address any local concerns.
Early on, the Province of New Brunswick recognized this relatively new and fast growing industry as an opportunity for our province and have been proactive in their efforts to attract cannabis related businesses to NB. Steve Milbury of Opportunities New Brunswick, the province’s economic development agency, was involved in attracting Aphria to our province and helped support Aphria in their efforts to get the Lancaster property re-zoned for their use.
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, represented both the Sellers and Buyers in this commercial real estate transaction.
77 Germain Street (a.k.a 40 King Street), Saint John
In December of 2017 Hub International were approached by a local business about selling their property on Duke Street Uptown. This created a great opportunity for them to upgrade their location and stay in the Uptown Saint John core. Hub International Atlantic is a division of Canada’s largest insurance broker, and specializes in Commercial Insurance, Group Benefits, and Personal Insurance. According to Neil Josselyn “Our Saint John location has 15+ employees, and we represent every major insurance company in Canada.” Josselyn further explained “Our team had outgrown our Duke Street location, however we wanted to stay Uptown, and toured a number of different options. We decided that the sub-let opportunity on the 5th floor at the corner of King and Germain was the perfect location for us to call our new home.” Locals will know this building as home to many of Saint John’s local economic development agencies including Enterprise Saint John and the Chamber of Commerce.
The top priority in a new space was to get all of their staff on one level, while working in an open concept office environment. This space on Germain Street offered this and more. The space has a modern kitchen, a recently redone office with up-to-date I.T. infrastructure. However it maintained exposed brick walls and the radiators from the building’s past. Josselyn went on to say “The location is incredible, offering views of both King Square and Saint John Harbour, all while being across the street from the City Market, and pedway system.”
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, was the listing agent and also acted as Hub International’s local Tenant Representative in negotiating the sub-lease.
36 Water Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
BunkHaus Boutique Hostel
After learning of different boutique hostels popping up around the world, Ingrid Woodhouse was inspired to create her very own hostel business here in New Brunswick. And, although there was no doubt from the beginning that Uptown Saint John was the best location for BunkHaus, it took some time to find the perfect spot.
“I looked at a few places but it wasn’t until we walked into 36 Water Street that I knew the hostel had found a home,” says Ingrid. “It has a beautiful exposed brick wall that really showcases our city’s character, huge storefront windows that let in tons of natural light, it’s uptown on a ground floor, has high ceilings, and it even has my ideal footprint of 2500sq ft. It was a total homerun.”
Ingrid hopes that BunkHaus will help draw more travelers to the city and is excited to bring affordable yet chic accommodations to the Uptown core. The hostel will offer both private rooms and custom timber-frame bunks with stair access the top beds. As for the common area there will be a fresh new communal kitchen, long harvest table for sharing meals, and a lounge area for guests to relax and meet one another. The addition of a minibar as well as an outdoor patio with hammocks and heat lamps are also part of the plan but will come later. On-site laundry and free Wi-Fi will be vailable too.
With traditional Saint John architecture of 12ft high ceilings, exposed brick, and large windows, there will be no problem making this space a home using local art, plants, and comfortable Scandinavian-inspired furnishings. Guests will feel right at home here as they share meals, music, and memories together in the communal spaces designed to bring people together.
“We’re incredibly delighted to see the BunkHaus coming uptown and look forward to the grand opening. Without a doubt, this will be another great addition to the neighborhood. Not only will this be very high quality, it will also satisfy a need in the marketplace. We congratulate Ingrid on her vision and for seizing the opportunity,” says Keith Brideau of Historica Developments.
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global worked with Ingrid to find the perfect space and represented BunkHaus in the negotiations in the Landlord, Historica Developments.
212 McAllister Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick
If you’ve driven by Parkway Mall recently you may have noticed a new sign. Breakout Saint John announced today that they are moving from their current location on Rothesay Avenue to this new location. They leased a portion of the former liquor store. Breakout Saint John is an award-winning entertainment and team-building company that offers themed escape room games. This area of east Saint John is well known as a high traffic retail node and provides them with much better visibility.
Julia Pugley, President, issued a Press Release in which she said “Not only does this mean a larger and more central location for this popular local business, it also includes the much-anticipated launch of all-new escape rooms and puzzles.” This is great news for fans of Breakout!
Breakout’s next new room is slated to open before the end of May and the company also plans to announce an official grand opening in the coming weeks. Visit their website: www.breakoutsaintjohn.ca
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global, represented the Tenant in the negotiations with Tidan Inc., the owners of Parkway Mall.
36 Richmond Street, Saint John, New Brunswick (Waterloo Village area)
Adams Green announced today that they purchased 36 Richmond Street which is located at the corner of Richmond and Prince Edward Streets.
The 3 story heritage brick building is a masterpiece of architectural detail much of which has thankfully been preserved. The ground floor with its high punched tin ceilings and old “apothecary” drawers has been used for various commercial enterprises in the past. The upper two floors were most recently rented as one massive residential unit. The attention to detail and craftsmanship evident in the extensive wood paneling and molding is impressive. Two built-in rounded benches are absolutely amazing.
According to the Press Release issued today “Adams Green is the first accounting firm in Canada to be certified as a B Corporation. That means they value people and the planet as much as profit”.
In the press release Owen and Haley Green, the new owners, go on to explain that they are launching The Wheelhouse “A kind of community centre for entrepreneurs, where people can come together to collaborate around all kinds of ideas”.
They really embraced the Waterloo Village location… it fits right in their “wheelhouse” of being socially responsible. The Union Street and Waterloo Village areas of Saint John have experienced a wave of investment in recent months and they wanted to be part of making a difference in this up-and-coming neighbourhood.
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global represented the Buyers and Gary Vincent of Keller Williams was the listing agent.
PHOTOS of the inside and more on this story at Huddle.Today
91 King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
Up to 9,900 sq ft of PRIME ground floor commercial space for lease. The property was purchased by Integrity Real Estate Investment in March of 2018 and the property is currently undergoing major renovations. The final project is anticipated to be mixed-use with commercial on the ground floor and residential on the upper floors (just imagine those views!).
The commercial space will feature original terrazzo floors, high ceilings and large windows along both Charlotte and Kings streets. An ideal location for restaurant, big-box retail store (names that have been tossed around include H&M, Forever 21, Mountain Equipment Co-op), grocery store, pharmacy etc… Other uses discussed include a VIP movie theatre concept or IMAX (this building was on their radar at one time but timing was not right…now is the time!). The tweet below from 2014 is just one example of how members of the Saint John community have brainstormed & promoted potential uses for the space.
— G. Stewart-Robertson (@graeme_sr) October 13, 2014
This strategic corner is second-to-none in uptown Saint John. A stone’s throw from the famous Saint John City Market. Across from Kings Square, the Imperial Theatre and Irving Oil’s new “Home Office”. A major city transit hub is on the doorstep.
This property is not subject to heritage by-laws giving the new owners and commercial tenants greater flexibility in facade/storefront design and signage.
LEASING DETAILS HERE
91 King Street Saint John, New Brunswick
Update May 3rd – NOW LEASING! Inquiries regarding commercial leasing in the soon-to-be-redeveloped 91 King Street can be directed to Stephanie Turner, Partners Global (505) 333-3442
After more than 6 months of negotiations, 91 King Street has been purchased by an investor. Integrity Real Estate Investments (IREI) is the proud new owner. The transaction was complicated as the property carried some restrictive covenants that had been imposed years ago when the land was owned by the Anglican church. IREI’s solicitor, Andrew Costin, a partner with the law firm of Gorman Nason, was instrumental in revising the restrictions to allow for the intended development of the property. Steve Carson from Develop Saint John played a key role in interfacing with the church representatives to reach a successful conclusion.
IREI, along with its investors, have plans to redevelop the property. Current zoning requires that the ground floor remain commercial but the upper floors will likely be converted to residential or complimentary uses. IREI and their consultants, Morgan Lanigan and Melissa Wakefield of EXP Architects Inc., are encouraged by early reviews of the existing structure during the due diligence period that suggest additional floors could be added to the building.
The “metro brown” & red aluminum siding covering much of the building’s character will be coming down and it’s intended that the building facade will be restored to its former glory. The building has some strong mid-century elements including terrazzo flooring which shall be preserved and built upon. IREI and EXP will be working closely together over the coming months on the project’s design and next steps.
This is fantastic news for uptown Saint John. This strategic corner has been sorely underutilized for years and it’s time has now come! The public can continue to watch for news of the development on Facebook and Twitter using #91King
Develop Saint John issued the following PRESS RELEASE related to the news.
Stephanie Turner, Partners Global Corporate Real Estate, represented both the Seller & Buyer in this commercial real estate transaction.