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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


Historical Facts- The Skinner Building

58 King Street, Saint John, New Brunswick 

The history of Saint John is deep and often fascinating. I recently listed office space for lease on the top floor of 58 King Street and came to discover that the building is referred to as the Skinner Building.

“The Skinner Building was built in 1877 for clothier William Doherty. Alfred Skinner was the proprietor of a carpet wareroom in the building from the early 1880’s until the Great Depression in 1929.

After the “great fire”, Skinner started out on his own accord at 68 King Street. His business became too large for the premises so he relocated to this building. It was stated in the 1880’s that in Saint John there was no name more familiar in the households than “Skinner’s warerooms”.

He had many contracts for supplying carpets to hotels and public buildings throughout the Maritimes. In the early 1900’s Skinner’s was proclaimed to have the largest retail stock of floor coverings in Canada. ” READ MORE Source:

Need office space? JUST LISTED: Located on the fourth floor, this 2,932 sf suite features exposed brick walls and modern/industrial vibe. Its layout comprises a reception / waiting area off the elevator, one private office, a spacious glassed-in boardroom, kitchenette and plenty of open space for workstations. Rich with character, this space will not last long – don’t miss out!


JUST LISTED: 1,041 s.f. in Red Rose

12 Smythe Street, Saint John, NB “Red Rose”, Suite 126 LEASED

1,041 sq ft of office space available for lease in the beautiful Red Rose building. This unique space features exposed brick and stone. Currently laid out with reception, 2 offices, storage room and small lunchroom/server room.

This iconic building was constructed in 1903 for the Red Rose Tea Company. Full restoration and conversion into offices was completed in 2001. Located in Saint John’s Central Business District with monthly and hourly adjacent surface parking.  For more info on building and other suites available CLICK HERE

Asking rent: $12.00/sq ft + $15.12/sq ft (CAM & Taxes)






Buckley Building has new owners

82 Germain Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

View from roof. Photo Credit: Bob McVicar

The Buckley Building has been sold. The new owners intend to convert the top floor to residential for their personal use and add a rooftop patio. The building is a three storey brick Italianate-Style commercial building on the east side of Germain Street.  The view from the roof affords a unique urban view directly down the newly renovated Grannan Lane as well as a view of the harbour.

The Buckley Building is significant as one of a collection of commercial, Italianate and Second Empire buildings that were built between 1877 and 1881 after the great fire.

The building is also significant because it housed the office of G. Ernest Fairweather from 1888 until 1920. G. E. Fairweather was a prominent architect and he designed many significant buildings in Saint John. He was originally associated with John Magee, as Magee and Fairweather, and in their office the plans were prepared for a great many of the buildings erected after the great fire in 1877.  Source:

The new owners have renamed the building “The Fairweather”. You can like their page, see design concepts and follow their progress on FACEBOOK

Stephanie represented the seller & Bob McVicar of Exit Realty (now Sutton Realty!) represented the buyers.

CBC runs story on Acre Architects’ concept for #222water

acre-concept-1The owners of #222water recently engaged local firm Acre Architects to provide concept drawings for the property. An engineering report conducted on the building identified that, structurally, the building could accommodate two additional floors and Acre took a very innovative approach to incorporating this in to their proposed design.

In the CBC interview Stephen Knopp of Acre suggests some uses could include a distillery, an “exploratorium” or science centre and/or event space to name a few.

222 Water Street is listed FOR SALE. For more information click HERE



The Case for an 11 Storey Building on King’s Square

Have you ever wondered how the boundaries of the Trinity Royal Conservation Area were decided? The boundaries are purely arbitrary and, I can only assume, were voted on by the Heritage Review Board when it was first established in 1982 or by some other elected body that the citizen’s of Saint John put their trust in at that time. Read Wikipedia info HERE

Below is a section of the Trinity Royal map (more…)

“Heritage Knowledge Park”…what is it?

toner map uptown v2“Heritage Knowledge Park” is a branding initiative currently picking up steam in Saint John’s uptown business community. It loosely translates to “creative companies doing business in close proximity to each other in very cool old buildings”. The initiative is being spearheaded by Enterprise Saint John and I personally think they’re on to something!

According to a recent article by Heather Desserud that appeared in the Telegraph Journal (more…)

“Old Ordnance Building” Declared National Historic Site

274 Sydney Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

signThe “Old Ordnance Building” in the south end of Saint John, once deemed surplus and left unwanted, was just declared a National Historic Site. Built in 1842, the building is a former British military depot for weapons and ammunition. It was purchase and restored by local landlord/developer Commercial Properties Limited and is now occupied by office tenants including Dillon Consulting.

Margot Sackett of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was on hand for the announcement. “We’re looking for things that are of national significance, not regional, not provincial,” she said. “They have to stand out on a national scale, whether its people, places or events — and in this case, it’s the place.” Source:


To read the entire article and access the video click HERE

Have you heard of Vassie’s Corner?

Birks_Saint_John - exterior

Historically known as “Vassie’s Corner”

Historically the corner of King Street and Canterbury Street in uptown Saint John was known as Vassie’s Corner. It was the site of a wholesale dry goods and woollen business originally established by William Vassie in 1832 and operated until after World War I. The site is also significant as the earlier building (before the fire) was the home of Benedict Arnold for six years while he was engaged in the shipping business in Saint John. Source:

“Vassie’s Corner” was part of the painstaking restoration of this entire city block which is now known as Centerbeam Place.

The retail storefront on this corner is now available for lease. For more info click HERE


A landmark to a vital part of Saint John’s history

12 Smythe Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
Iconic Red Rose Tea Building.Various office suites available. Up to 11,927 sq ft on two floors.

corner photo resized 15%“The Theodore Estabrooks Tea Company put up the building in 1903. It was sold to Brooke Bond in 1932 and later to the Lipton Tea company. But it was always the home of Red Rose tea.” Source:

“Saint John’s connection to tea dates back more than a century, and was an important part of the local economy of the day, arriving first on wooden sailing ships, then steamers, and railcars. The tea was originally sold loose from tea chests by local merchants but the quality varied until local businessman Theodore Harding Estabrooks came up with the great idea…to produce and pack a quality blended tea that was consistent from cup to cup.  {snip} During the first year of business he only sold $166.00 in tea.  Even with such weak beginnings, he did not give up.  In just 6 years, he was selling over a thousand tons of tea per year.  Their tea became a household name around NB and Nova Scotia and spread into New England.” Source:

For information on leasing office space in The Red Rose Tea Building click HERE