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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/#

 

#GrowSJ Update. Top 3 salient points related to commercial real estate

Mayor Don Darling just shared a report by the city’s Commissioner of Growth and Community Development Services.

Here are the top 3 salient points relating to commercial real estate:

  1. Major project construction accounted for more than half of the 80 million dollars of construction projects in 2016. Notably phases one and two of the IOL home office project, the new Uptown Liquor store and retail expansion in East Point, McAllister Mall and in Millidgeville.
  2. Another portion of the $80 Million included re-investment in the City’s Heritage districts including major renovations to the Imperial Theatre and 20 other smaller heritage renovation projects. The City’s heritage districts were funded by the city’s heritage incentive program.
  3. There is 137,493 square meters (that’s almost 34 acres!) of vacant land in our prime central neighbourhood, at rates a fraction of the cost of Canada’s major cities, and ready to be developed. The land is a mix of commercial & residential. The map below shows some of the commercial opportunities.
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Uptown In-Fill Map. Vacant Land Highlighted in Red

READ MAYOR DON DARLING’S ENTIRE UPDATE HERE  (3 minute read)

Moosehead & Cox were two most popular stories of 2016

Now that we’re in to 2017, I wanted to thank everyone who has visited my website/blog in 2016. The site got a ton more traffic last year, hitting a new annual record of 43,696 views (up from 25,546 in 2016).

best-day-everThe single best day was June 1st. The story that day was “Moosehead Should be at the Head of King Street #91king” with 6,679 views. UPDATE: Unfortunately, as most of you have heard Moosehead’s subsequent plans to build on the waterfront have been shelved. Maybe that means that they will reconsider #91king!  If you missed the original story you can find it HERE

My next most-read story of 2016 was on April 27th and it was “Cox Electronic Winding Down Retail Business” with 5,298 views. UPDATE: The story said that the store would be open until the end of 2016 but wound up closing several weeks earlier. This showcase property is for sale or lease. Did you miss the story in April? You can read it HERE

countries-chart-2Where do you think these “views” come from? Canada and the US rank 1 & 2 but would you have guessed that France is 3rd? Next come South Korea & Barbados. See chart to the right for the top 10 countries of original of traffic to www.SJcommercialRE.com

Feel free to drop me a note at stephanie@partnersglobal.com and tell me what you like and don’t like about my site. What kind of stories do you want to read about in 2017?

Thanks again for visiting and a big shout to www.huddle.today for picking up several of my stories in 2016. I’m looking forward to 2017 and what the Saint John Commercial Real Estate market has in store. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @steffturner

 

Starbucks closing in Brunswick Square

your-local-starbucks-closingAs a follow up to the Country 94 story that ran earlier today, it has been confirmed that the Starbucks in Brunswick Square will be closing on November 5th with no replacement location planned in the uptown.

A Starbucks representative did say that they will be focusing on locations with drive-thru’s in the future.

Although no specific reason was given, it’s likely safe to say that our “buy local” loyalty to the home grown and (in my humble opinion) excellent Java Moose and the (to make matters worse) opening of Second Cup on King Street likely had an impact on the performance of Starbucks’ uptown location.

This is an unfortunate blow for the uptown and for Brunswick Square.

JLL (NYSE: JLL) enters partnership with Partners Global Corporate Real Estate

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JLL has announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Partners Global as well as two other Canadian regional commercial real estate providers. The partnership will allow JLL to expand it’s services in to Atlantic Canada as well as Saskatchewan (ICR Commercial Real Estate ) and Manitoba (Capital Commercial).

“We are delighted to join forces with our new partners who are all commercial real estate leaders within their local markets” says Brett Miller, JLL Canada. “We’ve selected our new partners based on our mutual commitment to teamwork, ethics and excellence.”

Partners Global is a proud Atlantic Canadian company that recognizes the opportunity to provide its clients with access to national and international markets, investors and funds. In turn, JLL can provide expertise in the local Atlantic Canadian market for its national and global clients, and as a result, major multi-nationals use Partners Global to handle their property transactions locally.

JLL is the brand name, and registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 Billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion. They operate in more than 80 countries and have a global workforce of more than 60,000.

For more information about this new partnership and the companies involved view the PRESS RELEASE