Emblem Developments proposes 31-storey tower on John St. N.

The past week witnessed good transaction levels across most markets. However, Kitchener-Waterloo was an exception, with a very rare no-show in terms of transactions. For the second week in a row, most transactions were of average size.

The largest transaction of the week took place in Paris, where approximately 26 acres traded for $19.7 million or $734,000/acre. The Highway 2 corridor continues to be a hot commodity, as evidenced by the recent purchases made by Orlando Corp. and Panattoni. Over the past 24 months, these two companies have purchased hundreds of acres in this area.

In Hamilton, the largest purchase of the week occurred near the Upper Red Hill area, where 7,300 sq. ft. of industrial space traded for $3.22 million.

In the news, the DRP has reviewed two proposals for downtown residential projects, Corktown Condos sales will begin next month, and Toronto still leads North America in crane count.

Take care,
Alex Manojlovich
Director, Strategy & Research
News Headlines

Design briefs for Hamilton DRP, April 2023
92-100 John St. N.
325 James St. N.

Condo sales in new Corktown highrise will open next month – developer
The Hamilton Spectator, April 24, 2023

Council backs Hamilton’s housing road map
The Hamilton Spectator, April 20, 2023

Council backs plan to repair 476 empty CityHousing units
The Hamilton Spectator, April 21, 2023

Questions raised about FirstOntario Centre renovation
The Hamilton Spectator, April 19, 2023

McMaster University’s new downtown residence ‘neither sustainable nor affordable’ 
The Hamilton Spectator, April 20, 2023

Toronto continues to lead North America in crane count
Remi Network, April 18, 2023

Canada’s record population growth signals opportunities for CRE
RENX, April 18, 203

230 James St N

14-storey residential development proposed for King & Caroline in Hamilton

230 James St. N. in downtown Hamilton has sold.
This week witnessed a good level of transitions for all subject markets.

For the second consecutive week, the largest purchase occurred in Kitchener, where a 58-unit, multi-residential building at 475-477 Lancaster St. W. sold for $16.5 million ($285,000/unit). It’s a slightly high purchase price, but that’s understandable, considering multi-residential is the most robust asset class.

In Hamilton, the most exciting transaction was for 230 James St. N. The downtown mixed-use building was purchased for $2.35 million ($358/sq. ft). This purchase price appears fair: In 2021 and 2022, James St. has witnessed similar buildings trade in the high $300s to low $400s/sq. ft.  

Hamilton’s Design Review Panel has reviewed three proposals, including a 14-storey, 68-unit multi-residential development for the southwest corner of King and Caroline, which is currently the site of a small retail plaza.

The intersection is on the future LRT line and is attracting extensive development:

  1. The northeast corner is the site of the Radio Arts residential development by Canlight.
  2. The southeast corner saw a 30-storey proposal in 2021 by Vrancor Group.
  3. Just one address to the east, McMaster University’s 30-storey graduate residence is under construction.

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

Ales Manojlovich

News Headlines

Hamilton Design Review Panel: October 2022
215-217 King St W
160 King St E
2900 King St. E.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s ‘green steel’ transformation to start in January
The Hamilton Spectator, October 14, 2022

Municipal Benchmarking Study, Greater Toronto Area
Altus Group, September 27, 2022

Canada’s permanent resident application backlog is forcing thousands of skilled workers to quit and return home
The Globe & Mail, October 12, 2022

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