Renderings for the Radio Arts building, which is set to begin construction in November at 206 King St. W. in Hamilton.

Radio Arts condo development to begin in November

This week witnessed below-average transaction volumes. However, there was a variety of noteworthy deals.

This week’s largest transaction was in Hamilton, where Guido De Brès Canadian Reformed High School Society purchased a former elementary school for $15.5 million ($175/sq. ft). That price is in line with a former school in Dundas that sold two weeks ago.

In the hospitality sector, Big Coffee Inc. purchased the former Masonic Hall in Dundas for $1.65 million ($332/sq. ft), and Radius Hospitality Corp. picked up 18-20 Hess St. S. for approximately $2.3 million ($446/sq. ft).

Also of note: local firm Effort Trust purchased 37.75 acres of vacant land in Thorold for $4.7 million ($124,000/acre).

In the news, the Radio Arts condo development will start construction in November, Hamilton saw a big drop in per capita municipal spending, and Canada will fund a rent-to-own program as part of its $2 billion housing plan.

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News Headlines

Plan underway to remove 206 King St W building debris, Radio Arts development to commence November
CHCH News, September 4, 2022

Hamilton sees big drop in per capita municipal spending 
The Hamilton Spectator, August 27, 2022

MLS ® Residential Market Activity for REALTORS® Association of Hamilton and Burlington Areas
August 2022

Canadian universities rushing to address student housing shortage
The Globe & Mail, August 28, 2022

Revised plan for Schneiders site in Kitchener includes 12 new buildings, 2,400 rental units
The Record, August 26, 2022

Three highrises more than 500 rental apartments proposed for South Kitchener
The Record, August 31, 2022

Labour shortage has Canada planning to pick and choose immigrants 
The Financial Post, August 31, 2022

Canada to fund rent-to-own program under $2 billion housing plan
The Financial Post, August 30, 2022

Alex Manojlovich’s Weekly Market Report: Hamilton LRT construction to begin in 2024

The largest transaction in Hamilton this week was for this office building at 630 Main St. E.

This week witnessed a decent volume of deals. Hamilton was the top performer, while Brantford was a rare no-show.

The volume of transactions has been objectively healthy so far. However, it will be interesting to monitor the ripple effects caused by the Bank of Canada‘s latest rate increase.

This week, the area’s largest transaction was for an unaddressed property on Dobbie Dr. in Cambridge. The vacant industrial land parcel sold for $5.64 million (approximately $1 million/acre).

The largest transaction in Hamilton was for an office building at 630 Main St. E., which traded for $4.7 million ($243/ sq.ft). It’s a good price considering the asset class and location.

In the news, the Hamilton LRT process is underway, there are updates on several Hamilton development projects, GHA residential rental rates are rising quickly, and Toronto is increasing development charges by 46%.

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

News Headlines

Procurement process for LRT to start later this year, construction in 2024
CBC News, July 18, 2022

Two LiUNA towers to remake Hamilton skyline
Daily Commercial News, July 18, 2022

Condo development flattened by fire will go ahead as planned
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Winona builder appeals towering LiUNA Gardens plan to OLT
The Hamilton Spectator, July 18, 2022

New Horizon Development Group’s Stoney Creek tower plan headed to OLT
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Two-way Main St conversion part of Hamilton LRT design talks
The Hamilton Spectator, July 19, 2022

Barton St. parking lot could become vibrant residential infill
The Bay Observer, July 21, 2022

Mayor backs museum at waterfront
The Hamilton Spectator, July 20, 2022

Evolving Workforces: Scoring Tech Talent 2022 — North American Report
CBRE, July 2022

GTA condo rents climb at fastest pace on record
BNN Bloomberg, July 19, 2022

Toronto condo sellers turn to rental market
The Globe & Mail, July 20, 2022

Toronto council hikes development charges 46%
The Globe & Mail, July 19, 2022

BMO: BoC’s 1% point rate hike, a hammer to housing market
The Globe & Mail, July 18, 2022

Canada’s inflation rate hits 8.1%, but signs suggest peak is near
The Globe & Mail, July 20, 2022

Aeon Studio Group, TAS and Forge & Foster aim to turn 14 acres of barren land at Tiffany and Barton into a film production hub.

Alex Manojlovich’s Weekly Market Report: Exodus of Toronto suburbs driving Hamilton growth

This week witnessed a great volume of deals, even by month-end standards.

This week’s big winner was residential land, plus it’s good to see the office and retail assets continuing to trade at pre-pandemic levels.

Hamilton‘s largest transaction was near the airport for an unaddressed piece of land on the corner of Upper James St. and Twenty Rd. The commercially zoned 61.63 acres sold for $13.6 million ($220,000/acre).

The area’s largest transaction was in Brantford, where 110 acres sold to Primont Homes for $46 million ($414,000/acre). This purchase price suggests further land entitlement may be required. Also of note, Concert Properties purchased two plots of land in Kitchener for prices suggesting high-density development.

In the news: Torontonians are flocking to Hamilton, Council debates affordability for Hamilton’s future film district, and CBRE’s 2022 Q2 Industrial and Office figures are released.

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News Headlines

Exodus of Toronto suburbs driving Hamilton growth
The Hamilton Spectator, July 7, 2022

Council debates affordability for Hamilton’s future film district
The Hamilton Spectator, July 5, 2022

MLS® Residential Market Activity for RAHB Areas
Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington, June 2022

Three 31-storey condo towers planned for downtown Hamilton parking lot
The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, 2022

Affordable housing projects in jeopardy, non-profits say
The Hamilton Spectator, July 6, 2022

City council approves Hamilton 100 agreement
The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, 2022

Hamilton Main St to be reduced from 5 to 4 lanes
The Hamilton Spectator, July 6, 2022

Tale of two markets: industrial space almost non-existent in KW, while downtown office vacancies among highest in Canada
The Record, July 6, 2022

Canadian Industrial Figures: Continued industrial demand sees heightening rental rate growth
CBRE, Q2 2022

Canadian Office Figures: Office market steadying, with Vancouver and suburban markets leading the recovery
CBRE, Q2 2022

Critics demand less talk, more action on zoning plan to tackle Toronto’s housing crisis
CBC News, July 1, 2022

Labour shortages leading to cancelled projects in superheated construction sector
The Financial Post, July 7, 2022

Canada to enter moderate and short-lived recession in 2023 warns RBC
The Globe & Mail, July 7, 2022

Sweating it out at a high-end gym attracts workers back to the office
The Globe & Mail, July 5, 2022

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Alex Manojlovich’s Weekly Market Report: OVG to head up Hamilton arena reno

The week saw below-average transaction levels. However, it’s typical to see regressed transaction levels right after the beginning and end of the month.

In Hamilton, the largest transaction was Fengate Asset Management‘s purchase of a house on 2.25 acres for $2 million ($888,889/acre). The property is adjacent to the 75 acres of airport land Fengate purchased in April 2021. This new purchase provides them with street front access to Airport Rd.

The week’s largest purchase in the area was in Waterloo, where IN8 Developments purchased an office building for $9 million ($169/sqft). It’s an interesting purchase because IN8 Developments is known mainly for residential developments. As an office acquisition (as opposed to residential), the dollar value per square foot is low. It could indicate some vacancy, high capital expenditures or softening office values.

Recently, office transactions are becoming more frequent, however, not all office transactions are at peak values. In any case, it’s great to see demand increasing to pre-pandemic levels.

In the news, the American venue group OVG will take on their first Canadian project with the renovation of Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum); Hamilton City Council and Vrancor have reached a deal for 354 King St. W.; and in downtown Hamilton, a three-alarm blaze levelled a 1920s-era building slated for redevelopment.

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News Headlines

U.S’s OVG heads up Hamilton arena renovation in first Canadian project
The Globe & Mail, June 14, 2022

City Council and Vrancor reach deal on 354 King St W development
The Public Record, June 20, 2022

Shopping centre landlords adding density
Retail Insider, June 13, 2022

Future MIP tenant OmniaBio announces private investor
CCRM, May 31, 2022

Giant fire collapses historic downtown warehouse: “total loss”
CBC News, June 18, 2022

Small airports such as Hamilton International see strong rebound
The Globe & Mail, June 13, 2022

Rents in cities near Toronto are soaring
The Toronto Star, June 13, 2022

Canada Monthly Mortgage Commentary May 2022
CBRE, May 30, 2022

Most REITs won’t feel rate hike impact unit 2025
BNN Bloomberg, June 15, 2022

Toronto’s The Well is now 98% leased
RENX, June 16, 2022

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