Forge & Foster Brings an Exciting Development to Canada’s Prettiest Town

April 22, 2021

Paris, ON – Forge & Foster Investment Management

Hamilton-based Forge & Foster Investment Management is launching an exciting new development in “Canada’s prettiest town,” The Walker Press located in Paris, Ontario.

With an eye for identifying properties with distinct character and a unique history, Forge & Foster acquired the exquisite Walker Press building in 2020.

The Walker Press will be restored into a multi-use, commercial facility that will richly contribute to the growing community of culinary and craft-goods experiences in experience in Paris.

Located on 3 Yeo Street, with the oldest portion of the structure – the Maxwell wing – built in 1872, The Walker Press (est. 1910) moved into the Penman Wing in 1915.

Expanding into the Maxwell wing in 1920, connecting the two buildings in the process, they operated for over 60 years, printing everything from gift coupons to royal portraits.

With its proximity to the historic downtown district of Paris, surrounded by thriving densification projects, and rooted in a destination that is only a short drive from the urban centres of Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, The Walker Press is the perfect location for multiple emerging businesses ranging from culinary and retail, to office and light-industrial.

“Paris is a beautifully historic town and an incredible destination, we are thrilled to play a role in reviving this property and writing its next chapter,”

said Ben Ames, Partner and CIO.

“The Walker Press will be an idyllic and innovative setting for a new generation of Paris-based businesses. A perfect setting for emerging industries and employment opportunities in ‘Canada’s prettiest town,’”

said Joe Accardi, Partner and CEO.

Forge & Foster greatly acknowledges and thanks The Paris Museum & Historical Society for all their support in understanding the background of The Walker Press.

About Forge & Foster Investment Management

Forge & Foster is an investment and asset management firm, committed to delivering optimal returns for its investors and partners through inventively restoring and growing communities across southern Ontario.

This is done through unique property-asset investment, development, relationship and business support initiatives, including revisioning spaces, capitalizing on emerging markets and models, and forecasting future trends and opportunities.

Forge & Foster are the masterminds behind projects like the restoration of 1 West Ave. and The Ironwood, two of Hamilton’s premiere, artfully restored, vintage office buildings.

Current initiatives include leading developments in Hamilton’s up-and-coming Innovation District, cultural live-work spaces in the urban centres of each Hamilton, Brantford, and Cambridge, film industry spaces in Hamilton’s Hollywood North corridor, and tiny-homes projects in the beautiful, up-and-coming Goderich/Bluewater region.

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