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SOLD – 384 Lancaster Avenue

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 represented both the Sellers and Buyers in this commercial real estate transaction.

SOLD 200 Union Street

200-206 Union Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

The property at 200 Union Street, known by many as the former Academy of Hair Design, has new owners.

The property was purchased by a couple from New Brunswick. The property is commercial on the ground floor and has 6 residential units on the second floor. The new owners intend to use the ground floor for a new retail establishment. Details on that to come at a later date.

The building has a long history in Saint John. The original business was “Jacks Men’s Wear”. It was owned by Jack Levine and eventually his son Ellis Levine. Former Saint John Mayor Sam Davis designed the building for Jack Levine. You can still see the name “JACK” inlayed in a tile mosaic by the sidewalk near the main entrance.

This is just one more in a string of recent announcements about an exciting revitalization that is happening along Union Street and in the Waterloo Village area.

 

Stephanie Turner was the listing agent. Lee Yuyang, Re/Max Professionals Saint John represented the buyers.

36 Richmond SOLD

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.

36 Richmond Street

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 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

#91King Street SOLD

91 King Street Saint John, New Brunswick

sold imageAfter 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 represented both the Seller & Buyer in this commercial real estate transaction.

4.65 acres SOLD on Rothesay Avenue

60 Rothesay Avenue, Saint John, NB

A high profile parcel of land totaling 4.65 acres has been SOLD. The land wraps around the existing Canadian Tire Gas Bar and has road frontage on both Rothesay Avenue and McAllister Drive. Watch for a new retail project happening soon!

Stephanie Turner was the Listing Agent

$200k Price Reduction!

SOLD 1655 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, NB  

The seller has just instructed me to slash the price of this building by $200,000.
WAS $899,000…. NOW $699,000!

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I often gets calls from people asking how much the church is on Manawagonish Road. I can understand why people may be confused as the sign out front says “Convention of Baptist Churches” but this is actually a 15,000 square foot brick office building that was built in 1981, sits on 2 acres of land and enjoys beautiful views of the Fundy coast. For more information on this amazing opportunity including more photos CLICK HERE

P.S. Desks were custom ordered for the offices and are available as part of the sale (subject to negotiations)

Bank of New Brunswick a.k.a Le Faubourg sold

125 Prince William Street, Saint John


First listed for sale in 2008 for $1,250,000, this building (easily identified by its massive pillars) has been sold. Over the years we’ve had a couple of accepted offers which failed to close for different reasons but we’ve finally gotten this one across the finish line!

The buyers, Ron Lovett  & Courtney Sherlock from Halifax, see the building as a great long term investment. “We have really seen so much growth in uptown Saint John over the past 4 years. It’s really starting to come alive” commented Lovett.

 “The building is so beautiful, it just needs a little TLC” says Lovett.

The building is occupied by the previous owner Arc’f de Saint-Jean Inc. and they will be remaining as a tenant on the top floor of the building for up to 2 years. The ground floor on Water Street is home to Loyalist City Brewery.

The main vacancies are the former AlleyGria restaurant space on the level below Prince William and the Prince William Street “bar” space which many Saint John residents still remember operated at one time as the nightclub “Pillars”.

Stephanie Turner represented the Seller and Jason Stephen of Royal LePage represented the Buyer with a shout out to Judith Makin at TUCK Studio for being such a great ambassador for the building and the community!

T4G is Moving Uptown (more pics)

384 Lancaster Avenue, Saint John, NB

T4G has announced that they are moving their Saint John operation to an uptown location. As such, they have put their building, located at 384 Lancaster Avenue, on the market. The decision to move uptown is motivated by their desire to be a bigger part of the knowledge and tech industry in Saint John. This is just one more nod to the increasing vibrancy that uptown Saint John has been experiencing recently and helps foster the Brick Park “knowledge park” movement which is aimed to grow the cluster of knowledge industry companies working in close proximity uptown.

T4G is still considering options for their new location.

For more information on 384 Lancaster Avenue opportunity click HERE

Note: Some photos of the interior of 384 Lancaster Ave can be seen below.

Lorneville Mechanical leasing E.S. Fox building

405 King William Road, Saint John

As reported by HUDDLE, Lorneville Mechanical Contractor’s Ltd (“Lorneville”) announced this week that they won a contract to fabricate large modules as part of an expansion at the Irving Oil Refinery. Although they’re manufacturing the components at their current facility in the Spruce Lake Industrial Park, they required additional space. The nearby E.S. Fox building located at 405 King William Road was vacant and on the market. They’re using the Fox building for their tooling group and for some material storage associated with the project. “Given the short term nature of the contact, it didn’t make financial sense to purchase the building but we were fortunate enough to be able to negotiate a 9 month lease of the facility” says Todd Bethune, Lorneville’s C.F.O. There were other ways to satisfy the requirement for additional space but the close proximity to Lorneville’s current facility made the E.S. Fox building an ideal solution and both sides were pleased to be able to hammer out a deal.  

The 24,000 sq ft facility with 54’ clear ceiling height sits on 27 acres of land and is ideal for large module manufacturing. It will continue to be marketed for sale or lease and will be vacated by Lorneville in early March 2018. For more information on 405 King William Road click HERE

Stephanie Turner represented both the Landlord and Tenant in the transaction

How I approach CRE photography

I am very fortunate to be selling (and leasing) commercial real estate in a city with amazing architecture. With over 10 years in the industry, I have a discovered a few photography tricks of the trade. When taking exterior building shots, I like to ensure that the sun shining and that there’s a nice blue sky. If possible, I like to get leaves or plants in the foreground of the photo to help frame the shot and add depth.

I also try to get photos which help showcase the character of the property if applicable.

It only takes a few extra minutes to consider the lighting, angle and composition of the photo. With digital photography it costs nothing to snap a few extra “non traditional” shots to see what you get. Getting a good shot is not the final step… editing is also important. Creative cropping and fine tuning of exposure makes all the difference.

In an effort to improve my photography skills I have recently taken to honing my skills via online training and participating in a virtual social platform called Guru Shots.