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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, Partners Global Corporate Real Estate, represented both the Seller & Buyer in this commercial real estate transaction.
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: www.historicplaces.ca
“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