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Who is Brunswick Brokers?

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 sturner@bbrokers.ca and watch for our new signs out in the market now!

Bank of Canada building SOLD

75 Prince William Street, Saint John, NB

Known as the Bank of Canada Building, the circa 1960’s office building with a mid-century vibe has sold. The property, strategically located at the epicenter of uptown Saint John’s business district, was acquired by an investor from Calgary Alberta. The property traded for $1,680,000

The Seller, Prince Williams Properties ULC, based in California, had owned the building for several years. Strong leasing activity in the building over the last 18 months meant that the building was almost fully occupied with a strong mix of tenants making the property more attractive to investors.

“I really appreciate the expertise and diligence of Stephanie Turner in securing the leases in a challenging environment and ultimately closing the sale on the property. It’s been a pleasure to work with her.” commented the seller.

In their own announcement earlier today, the buyer stated “At 34,500 sq ft and 12 units, it is the largest office building I have bought yet. But what is more impressive is the team of extremely competent pros that made this happen during the chaos of COVID19 over the past couple months.”

Although these are uncertain times, the property boasts tenants in industries such as law, tech and alternative energy which continue to perform well despite the pandemic.

Stephanie Turner was the Listing Agent and Milad Debly, Century 21 represented the Buyer.

NEW SEA Bird Suites – Millidgeville

819 Millidge Ave, Saint John, New Brunswick

Site of the former Mission Church (St John the Baptist & St Clement) 

Two signs have recently appeared at the corner of Millidge Avenue and Daniel Drive in Millidgeville. Work is now scheduled to begin on a $17-million multi-residential development called “SEA Bird Suites”.

According to the sign, the demolition of the existing church and rectory will start on March 23rd and is estimated to last approximately 10 days. Anyone interested in the development can contact Stephen: 647-3228


Stephanie Turner represented both the seller and the buyer on the 1.94 acre property acquisition. 

Converted Malls & Bullpen Environments: Effects on Office Leasing

bull pen exampleAccording to a recent article “Office, industrial vacancies decline across New Brunswick” published in the on-line Real Estate News Exchange.

“There were 43 office buildings with a combined gross leasable area of 2.51 million square feet surveyed in Greater Saint John.”

The overall office vacancy rate in our market decreased from 19.1% in 2018 to 14.07% last year. Despite this improvement, the vacancy rate is still considered higher than is desirable. A couple of explanations were given…

 

“The office market in Saint John is in some ways the victim of the city’s past economic success, which saw a number of urban shopping centres constructed in the 1960s and 1970s,” Baird Allen [manager of Turner Drake’s economic intelligence unit] explained. “When demand for retail space shifted away from these malls, they were converted to office space, so the city has a disproportionate amount of class-C office space for a city of its size.

“This oversupply is a contributing factor to the high vacancy rate. Other factors include the nature of the economy in Saint John, which has a strong industrial focus, as well as broader trends in how office space is utilized — going from individual offices to cubicles, and now to flex space and bullpen environments where employees work in communal spaces that require fewer square feet of office space per person.”

Read the entire article below which provides further insight in the Saint John office & warehouse leasing market as well as stats for Moncton and Fredericton.

Office, industrial vacancies decline across New Brunswick

Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue seeking new home

295 Bayside Drive, Saint John, New Brunswick

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue needs a new home and are seeking community support.

Their current facility located at 295 Bayside Drive no longer meets their long term requirements. The facility has been listed FOR SALE but finding a buyer for this property is only the beginning. The search for a new location along with securing the necessary capital are key to the success of their relocation strategy. Please follow them on FACEBOOK or watch their WEBSITE. Information will be posted in the coming weeks regarding this exciting initiative!

The SJ SPCA Animal Rescue is non-profit and provides rescue, temporary housing, care and assistance to stray and unwanted animals in our community. They do their best to find loving, caring and responsible forever homes for all of the animals in their care. They also attempt to educate our community about responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.

Stephanie Turner is the Listing Agent for their current facility at 295 Bayside Drive

CenterBeam Place NEW availability!

New leasing availability at CenterBeam Place! 

Old-World Character Combined with New-World Engineering. A much sought-after location for any company seeking an unparalleled work environment of beauty and efficiency.

5,658 sf or 6,633 sf options ready for tenant fit-up.  These ‘brick & beam style’ office suites offer plenty of large windows and natural light, as well as private elevator access

VIEW/DOWNLOAD/PRINT Marketing Flyer HERE

SOLD 819 Millidge

819 Millidge Avenue, Saint John, NB

The church, hall and rectory located at the corner of Millidge Ave and Daniel Ave in Millidgeville has been sold. The property consists of 1.94 acres of land ideal for redevelopment.

The transaction closed earlier this week and the buyer is still ensure what the future holds for the property. I’m sure the neighbours will be watching with interest!


Millidge Avenue is a major traffic artery and leads to Saint John’s central business district less than 10 minutes away.

Development in the immediate area consists mainly of single family homes with some commercial/retail developments nearby as well as two senior’s complexes. The Saint John Regional Hospital and the University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus are also located in Millidgeville. From a recreational stand point, Millidgeville is well served with easy access to Rockwood Park (one of the largest municipal parks in Canada) as well as the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club.

Stephanie Turner represented both the Seller and the Buyer

JUST LEASED: 340 King William Road

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.

Canadian Nuclear Partners sets down roots in Saint John

75 Prince William Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
New office at 75 Prince William Street in the Bank of Canada Building

 

Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation, was established in 2012 and has grown into a well-respected service provider offering inspection, engineering, asset management, training and consulting services to clients in the power generating sector. With much success in Ontario, CNP has expanded their operations to Saint John, New Brunswick. The new office in Saint John is a welcome addition to the CNP network as it continues to create strong partnerships with various stakeholders in the region.

 

For CNP’s Vice President, Jason Van Wart, it is an exciting time as he was born and raised in Saint John and looks forward to contributing to the community that was so instrumental to his upbringing. “It is an exciting time for CNP. We are growing on a national and international level. Having an office in Saint John is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the very community that has been an important part of our business and build new opportunities for the future.”

CNP looks forward to delivering on its key values of safety, integrity and excellence to the energy community in New Brunswick.


Stephanie Turner represented both the Landlord and Tenant in this commercial leasing transaction

Introhive leases space at Bank of Canada Building

75 Prince William Street, Saint John, NB

When Introhive first arrived in Saint John they needed office space quickly which allowed for flexibility while they ramped up their presence in Saint John. Connexion Works provides an ideal short term solution. Once they got a better handle on their growth strategy for this market it became evident that they would need to find a larger and more permanent solution. A search of the local vacant office space uncovered a space that seemed ideal. The space was formerly occupied by DFS Architects and had been completely renovated only 4 years ago. It has a cool modern vibe and a great view of the harbour! Introhive only needed to make a few minor changes to the space to make it perfect for them.


Introhive is a relationship data science platform for #CRM that drives user adoption and proactively delivers valuable insights about clients and prospects. They now have 16 employees in Saint John. Jerry Carr, Introhive’s CTO commented “We are continuously recruiting and having an awesome office space is a key part of attracting top talent.”

Stephanie Turner represented Introhive as well as DFS Architects and the head-landlord Prince Williams Property ULC in this leasing transaction.

The Bank of Canada building is also FOR SALE. For more info on this investment opportunity CLICK HERE