Hamilton’s DRP discusses Delta Secondary

This week witnessed a light amount of transactions. However, January is typically a slower month.

The largest transaction took place in Hamilton, where a trucking company purchased 86,000 sq. ft of industrial buildings situated on approximately 20 acres of land for $25.5 million ($297/sq. ft).

Coincidentally, the second largest purchase occurred in Stoney Creek by another trucking company that purchased 19.58 acres for roughly $8.2 million ($420,000/acre).

In the news, Hamilton’s DRP reviewed the development plan for Delta Secondary, an environmental group filed for a judicial review of Hamilton‘s boundary expansion, and HOPA expanded its industrial inventory with a large acquisition along the Welland Canal.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

The GHA Sales Transaction Database offers you this week’s CRE transaction activity.

News Headlines

Hamilton Design Review Panel to discuss Delta Redevelopment
The Public Record, January 10, 2023

Group files for judicial review over Hamilton urban boundary
CBC News, January 9, 2023

HOPA expands industrial inventory at Thorold port lands
RENX, January 9, 2023

Ford, Horwath at odds on development fee cuts
CBC News, January 8, 2023

Waterloo may add a dozen more towers
The Record, January 10, 2023

Hamilton’s high-density sector maturing

Just like mid-month, the end of December witnessed good transaction levels. No major deals took place in Hamilton, which could be a sign of things to come in 2023.

The largest transaction of the week took place in Cambridge, where Smartstop Self Storage purchased a 200,000 sq. ft asset for $36 million ($176/sq. ft).

The second largest transaction occurred in Thorold, where Bioveld purchased approximately 450,000 sq. ft of an industrial asset, with additional land, along the Welland Canal and will reportedly lease to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

In Hamilton, the largest deal was for a 9,000 sq. ft office, which sold for $1.85 million ($206/sq. ft), which is about the typical value for most of the (very few) office transactions.

In the news, Hamilton‘s high-density sector is maturing, immigration to Canada hit a record in 2022, and the labour market crushed forecasts.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

The GHA Sales Transaction Database offers you this week’s CRE transaction activity.

News Headlines

Greenbelt infrastructure issues could delay homebuilders 
The Toronto Star, December 30, 2022

Hamilton’s high-density sector is maturing
RENX, January 6, 2023

Hamilton Jamesville redevelopment stalled by CN appeal
The Hamilton Spectator, January 6, 2023

Labour market crushes forecasts, increases odds of rate hike
BNN Bloomberg, January 6, 2023

Record number of condos to hit Toronto market in 2023
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Immigration to Canada hits record in 2022
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Why those waiting for a return to normal commercial real estate will get left behind
The Financial Times, January 2, 2023

1.4 acres of Stoney Creek residential sold to Mountainview Building Group

Alex Manojlovich presents Forge & Foster's Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report Year in Review on January 25 at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. We encourage savvy investors and well-informed citizens alike to join us for valuable insights at this free public event. Refreshments provided. RSVP today!
Alex Manojlovich presents ‘Forge & Foster’s Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report Year in Review’ on January 25 at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. We encourage savvy investors and well-informed citizens alike to join us for valuable insights at this free public event. Refreshments provided. RSVP today!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

The midpoint of December saw good volumes but no major translations.

The largest transaction occurred in the Niagara Region, where 46 acres of ICI land traded for $12 million (approximately $250,000/acre).

In Hamilton, the largest deal was for 1.4 acres of residential land in Stoney Creek, which was sold to Mountainview Building Group for $3.2 million ($2.2 million/acre).

In the news, The Spec looked into Hamilton’s urban boundary expansion, City Centre Mall has closed, and RBC reported a slow national housing market for December.

It will be interesting to see year-end data as we typically see larger transactions close, but it may be muted due to interest rates.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

News Headlines

Hamilton’s forced urban boundary expansion happened quickly –  how quickly for new homes to follow
The Hamilton Spectator, December 22, 2022

New law threatens to strip development protection from Hamilton wetlands
The Hamilton Spectator, December 30, 2022

City Centre Mall closes its doors for future development
CBC News, December 31, 2022

Downtown fire leaves significant damage to King St property
CBC News, December 20, 2022

Infill development approved despite objections from residents, housing advocates 
The Record, December 20, 2022

Strategic Storage Trust acquires 132,000 sqft Cambridge facility 
SmartStop Self Storage REIT, Inc. press release via BusinessWire, December 20, 2022

Housing Market stays quiet to end 2022
RBC Monthly Housing Market Update, December 15, 2022

111 Sherwood Drive, Brantford

Brantford twine factory redevelopment a labour of love

From Daily Commercial News, by Don Wall,

Forge & Foster’s 190,000-square-foot adaptive reuse project at the site of a former twine factory in Brantford, Ont. is another example of how the firm sizes up a heritage property that’s past its prime, assesses its redevelopment value and makes a final investment decision with something akin to love in its heart.

The firm’s director of strategy and research Alex Manojlovich and director of asset management Jess Malta frequently use the word “beautiful” when describing the 120-year-old Cordage Heritage District property at 111 Sherwood Dr.

The original twine factory, Brantford Cordage, at one time employed 900 people with rail cars that would be loaded for export. It was the largest rope manufacturer in Canada before its demise in 1968. A rope and twine-making operation is still present on the property.

Enter Forge & Foster, which is redeveloping the four existing brick buildings into a mixed-use commercial community. The project boasts a growing and eclectic list of tenants including a church, cycle shop, event space, bridal centre, craft brewery, poutine shop and pottery space.

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Downtown Hamilton Site Purchased by Fengate

Alex Manojlovich presents Forge & Foster’s Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report Year in Review on January 25 at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. We encourage savvy investors and well-informed citizens alike to join us for valuable insights at this free public event. Refreshments provided. RSVP today!

This week witnessed good transaction levels in Hamilton and Kitchener, with Niagara and Brantford winding down.

This week’s largest transaction took place in Kitchener, where the Waterloo Catholic District School Board purchased land from the Grand River Conservation Authority for approximately $12.7 million.

Also in KitchenerIN8 Developments purchased a downtown parcel for $10.3 million ($17.7 million/acre). IN8 Developments is currently working towards the City Centre Mall development in Hamilton.

In Hamilton, a similar transaction took place as Fengate Asset Management purchased 48 Ferguson Ave. S. for $7.5 million ($16.6 million/acre) for what appears to be a future development site.  A high value that usually represents some approvals have been attained, however, I’m personally unaware of any.

In the news, Hamilton councillors approved Upper James property rezoning, the Hamilton airport cargo business is flourishing, and the Province has removed 7,400 acres from the Greenbelt.

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News Headlines

Council approved Upper James property zoning for 8 storeys
The Hamilton Spectator, December 13, 2022

City of Hamilton not opposing Dundas developer’s land tribunal appeal  
The Hamilton Spectator, December 13, 2022

Hamilton airport cargo business outpaces the rest of Canada
Canadian Aviation News, December 14, 2022

Mission Services aim to open new shelter early next year
The Hamilton Spectator, December 14, 2022

Hamilton e-scooter pilot to get rolling next spring
The Hamilton Spectator, December 20, 2022

Ontario government removes 7,400 acres from Greenbelt
The Globe & Mail, December 17, 2022

Shopify confirms it no longer intends to expand to new office development, The Well
The Toronto Star, December 14, 2022

Arlington Hotel

Ontario passes housing bill, Bill 23

Carmen’s Group acquired The Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Event Centre from The Other Bird.
This week witnessed adequate transaction levels as the year began to wind down.

This week’s largest transaction occurred on Hamilton Mountain, where a sizable 72-unit multi-residential sold for $16.75 million ($232,000/unit).
This price is slightly above market value, and overall it’s great to see a multi-residential transaction take place in Hamilton as it continues to hold the lowest capitalization rates.

Most of the remaining deals occurred in rural areas throughout the region, with the Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Centre in Paris standing out, selling at $6.2 million.

In the news, Ontario passed Bill 23, Adi Developments settled with a building regulator, and RBC will buy HSBC Canada in a record-breaking domestic banking deal worth $13.5 billion.

News Headlines

Ontario passes housing bill, Bill 23 amid criticism
CBC News, November 28, 2022

Up to $25 million per year in revenue foregone due to Bill 23, says Hamilton
The Hamilton Spectator, December 1, 2022

CEBL team Honey Badgers leaving Hamilton amid upcoming arena renovations
The Hamilton Spectator, November 28, 2022

Carmen’s Group purchase Arlington Hotel and Dominion Telegraph Event Centre
The Hamilton Spectator, November 29, 2022

Adi Developments settles with building regulator over Burlington Condo project
The Hamilton Spectator, November 30, 2022

RBC to buy HSBC Canada for $13.5B – biggest domestic banking deal on record
The Globe & Mail, November 29, 2022

Government land needed to solve shortage of warehouse space
The Globe & Mail, November 29, 2022

Canada wants to welcome 500,000 immigrants per year to 2025 – Can our country keep up
The Globe & Mail, November 26, 2022

Auditor General: Ontario’s real estate regulator is ineffective
The Globe & Mail, November 30, 2022

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City of Hamilton

‘Vertical sprawl’ concerns as Province kills Hamilton’s 30-storey height limit

There were very slow volumes this week, as only four sales occurred.

The week marks the slowest point during our current bear market. However, last week witnessed some of the most significant volumes we’ve seen in a while. The last couple of months have seen atypical ebbs and flows in deal volumes.

This week’s largest transaction occurred in Woolwich, where an industrial property traded for $3.4 million ($194/sq. ft).

The week’s remaining deals included two industrial units in Hamilton and a former school in Flamborough.

In the news, the Province has nixed Hamilton‘s 30-storey height limit, Hamilton inaugurated its new city council and mayor, and the Hamilton City Centre Mall will close on December 26 to prepare for development.

News Headlines
Concern over vertical sprawl after province nixes 30-storey height limit
The Hamilton Spectator, November 15, 2022

Who owns the land in Hamilton’s endangered Greenbelt?
The Hamilton Spectator, November 17, 2022

A new era for Hamilton as city council and first woman mayor inaugurated 
CBC News, November 17, 2022

Hamilton City Centre Mall to close on December 26th in preparation for development
CBC News, November 18, 2022

Hamilton immigration census data
The Hamilton Spectator, November 11, 2022

OLT denies developer near Hamilton airport 
The Public Record, November 8, 2022

Hamilton Bulldogs Owner: Being forced to leave FirstOntario Centre during renovations was shocking and unexpected news
CBC News, November 16, 2022

Ontario wants greater grip on regional governance
CBC News, November 16, 2022

Beginning of the end for Canada’s housing market downturn?
RBC Monthly Housing Market Update, November 15, 2022

BMO economist: Housing market correction about halfway done
The Globe and Mail, November 16, 2022

Intelligent Investment: Canadian Cap Rates & Investment Insights Report
CBRE, Q3 2022

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