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SOLD – 60 Enterprise Drive, Quispamsis

sold imageA 6,600 square foot industrial building sitting on 2.18 acres of land and located in the Hammond River Industrial Park has been sold. The vendor was Price Waterhouse Coopers Limited as Private Receiver of 670558 NB Ltd. The property had garnered a fair amount of interest while listed particularly towards the end of 2018 when multiple offers came in. The successfully buyer is a local company and will be issuing a press release soon. Rumour has it that the building nearby, formerly occupied by Select Kitchen, also traded recently. This is great news for the town of Quispamsis’ Hammond River Industrial Park as it continues to attract investment and diversify it’s business base.

Stephanie Turner, Partners Global Corporate Real Estate represented the seller and Noreen Russell, Royal LePage Atlantic represented the buyer.

75 Prince William LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

The old adage that location is key still hold true. With the recent announcement of the new museum on the Saint John waterfront, 75 Prince William Street has it in spades.

According to the CBC story “The “landmark” four-storey, 120,000 square foot building [museum] is intended to present a glass and terra cotta front on two sides facing the harbour and Market Square, and a more traditional look toward the uptown.”

The story goes on to say “The museum is intended to be the first piece for the long anticipated Fundy Quay development, which could someday include residential and commercial projects on the waterfront next to Market Square.”

Check out the aerial view of the immediate area below and find out more about the opportunity at 75 PRINCE WILLIAM STREET

 

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

#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, Partners Global Corporate Real Estate, 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 of Partners Global was the Listing Agent

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 of Partners Global represented both the Landlord and Tenant in the transaction

Is talking to the media worth it? #91King

Despite the fact that they often screw it up (not you Huddle!)… the answer is yes! Especially since I’m fortunate to have a platform where I can help set the record straight.

I did an interview this week with a rookie Telegraph Journal reporter. She did not misquote me in the story but left out a lot of great stuff that would have made this a positive story! Things such as:

  • I told her that it’s not unheard of for large redevelopment projects such as this to take as long as 4 years to sell. 1) The Bustins portfolio took 4 years and look at it now! (Thanks Historica!!). 2) Le Faubourg at 125 Prince William Street had been listed for several years and is FINALLY under agreement and is scheduled to close in 2017.
  • Yes, I did say there are not many investors willing to take risk but I did not say there aren’t any… we just need more!
  • 91 King has seen a flurry of activity since Irving Oil’s Home Office began construction across the square.

And lastly, when asked about the status of the retail market in uptown Saint John I could not stop gushing about the vibe uptown… the unique restaurants, pubs & micro breweries that are quickly putting Uptown Saint John on the map as a “foodie destination”. We have this growing cluster and it will attract more!

Missed the TJ article? You can read it below SOURCE: TODAY’S EDITION on-line at thttp://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/TelegraphJournal/#