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90 Paradise Row, Saint John, New Brunswick
SJ Energy closes on purchase. Plan to relocate Smythe Street substation.
After over a year of searching and after considering at least 16 locations, SJ Energy has purchased 90 Paradise Row in Saint John, NB. The property consists of a commercial building with a gross leasable area of 8,934 square feet sitting on 0.42 acres. The property also includes surplus land of 0.89 acres. This surplus land has been identified as the site of a new SJ Energy substation which will replace the current facility located on Smythe Street by Harbour Passage.
According to a http://www.thewave.ca story which ran back in early August, the Smythe Street substation is at the end of its life. Dana Young, manager of asset management for Saint John Energy, said there are several reasons why they want to build the new substation elsewhere. “The Union substation is currently in a zone that’s at risk of flooding as sea levels continue to rise. 90 Paradise Row is at a higher elevation.”
The property required a rezoning for this use which took a little longer than planned due to COVID and the challenges in holding public hearings. Ultimately the re-zoning was approved and the sale closed at the end of August.
The Smythe Street substation sits on some pretty desirable waterfront real estate. While the substation was at the end of its useful life and at risk of flooding some day, it could also be argued that it was not the highest and best use of that land. Once the new Paradise Row substation is built, SJ Energy will start the process of decommissioning the Smythe Street facilities.
Stephanie Turner represented the purchaser (SJ Energy) in this commercial real estate transaction.
To read the entire story than ran back on August 5th, click the link below
Some of you have seen the news that the Saint John & Moncton offices of Partners Global have rebranded. Back in 2015, just about the time I joined the brokerage, Brunswick Brokers Limited created an alliance with Halifax based Partners Global Corporate Real Estate. After a five year partnership, it was determined that it was time for each company to stand on it’s own again.
With the help of local company Bonfire, we developed a new logo which was the launching point for our whole new look. We hired a local in-house marketing resource, rolled out a new website www.bbrokers.ca, new email addresses and new signage. Otherwise, It’s business as usual in Saint John!
DON’T FORGET TO UPDATE MY EMAIL ADDRESS! It’s now firstname.lastname@example.org and watch for our new signs out in the market now!
30 Whitebone Way, Unit 3, Saint John, New Brunswick
McCoy Turnkey Construction just signed the lease on this industrial/commercial space in the McAllister Industrial Park. Earlier this year the company leased a small warehouse in the sister building (34 Whitebone) located next door. “The company is growing and we are busting at the seams in our current space” says Mike McCoy, owner. “Adding to our infrastructure here in Saint John will help us ramp up to the demand on our crews. We’re also looking to expand in Fredericton.”
The demand for residential and commercial construction projects has been brisk despite the pandemic.
Stephanie Turner represented both McCoy Turnkey Construction and the Landlord (Broadway Place Ltd) in this commercial real estate transaction.
Broadway Place Ltd. is a New Brunswick based commercial real estate holding company They currently own over 420,000 sq ft of building space throughout New Brunswick.
58 King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
Directly on the heals of Commercial Properties Limited announcing they were moving their offices from the 4th floor of 58 King to a much needed/expanded space at the Red Rose building, we are pleased to confirm that the space has been leased to Hatch. The space is 2,932 square feet (located above the radio station on King Street) and needed very little in the way of leasehold improvements to meet Hatch’s needs. The space has some exposed brick and an open ceiling offering a modern industrial feel while maintaining much of the heritage character of the building.
Hatch supplies engineering, project & construction, business consulting and operational services to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure industries. They are relocating their office from the Marr Road in Rothesay to the uptown core.
“We see Saint John as a growth market for us and this new location brings us closer to two of our major clients while also providing additional amenities for our staff such as nearby parks, coffee shops and eateries.” commented Lorne Flowers from Hatch.
Please join me in welcoming Hatch to Uptown Saint John.
Stephanie Turner represented the Landlord and Greg Brewster, Colliers represented the Tenant in the transaction.
340 King William Road, Saint John, New Brunswick
A 10,000+ industrial warehouse building and fenced compound in the Spruce Lake Industrial Park has been leased. The Landlord is Sandav Holdings Ltd out of St John’s NFLD. The property has had many used over the years including being the NB home-base for Household Movers & Shippers, a Coca-Cola distribution centre and most recently was leased to GFL Environmental Inc. Upgrades will be performed on the building and lands over the next few months. The new tenants expects to take possession around August 1st of this year.
Stephanie Turner was the listing agent.
A 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 represented the seller and Noreen Russell, Royal LePage Atlantic represented the buyer.
AUGUST, 2018. 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)
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.
91 King Street Saint John, New Brunswick
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 represented both the Seller & Buyer in this commercial real estate transaction.
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