Downtown Hamilton Site Purchased by Fengate

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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

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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Confederation GO Station

Ford announces construction on new Hamilton GO Station

This week witnessed an excellent level of transactions, with Brantford, in particular, picking up some slack.

Hamilton narrowly avoided a month without a multi-residential sale. On the books for September is the sale of an eight-unit building near Stoney Creek. It traded for close to $300,000 per unit, a high value.

Also in HamiltonSpallacci Homes purchased 5.92 acres of land near Lime Ridge Mall for $3 million. It’s a peculiar purchase as the site appears to be a cemetery.

The largest purchase this week took place in Kitchener. The 401 Group of Companies purchased an 81,000 sq. ft industrial building for $28 million ($344/sq.ft). That’s a high purchase price for an industrial facility, but it also includes approximately 3.5 acres of excess land.

In the news, Doug Ford has announced construction on a new GO Station in Hamilton, twin towers have been proposed in Stoney Creek, and Ontario plans to cut development fees on affordable housing.

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

News Headlines

Dundas seniors housing demo for 11-storey condo proposed
The Hamilton Spectator, October 3, 2022

Empire’s planning application for Hagersville quarry property explained
The Hamilton Spectator, September 27, 2022

Ontario government investing $90M in skilled trades programs
CBC News, September 26, 2022

Long approval times, high municipal fees adding ‘unnecessary costs’ to new GTA housing: Study 
CBC News, September 27, 2022

Kitchener 8 storey, 166 unit development approved
The Record, September 27, 2022

Amazon fulfilment facility under construction in Cambridge
The Record, September 28, 2022

Toronto’s largest film studio announce major expansion
BlogTO, September 27, 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.

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

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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

Alex Manojlovich

Greater Hamilton Real Estate Update: Downtown Hamilton’s Major Redevelopment Is In The Works

It’s been a quiet week for commercial real estate (CRE) transactions in Hamilton.  February is turning out to be a low as a whole.

Hamilton’s most significant transaction was in Ancaster, where industrial commercial institutional (ICI) land traded for $7.6 million ($905,000 per acre). Hamilton’s industrial land values continue to rise.

The largest transaction of the week was in Kitchener, where Broccolini traded $23 million for 69 acres of ICI land.

In the News Headlines section below, you’ll find:

  • The latest on downtown Hamilton projects
  • Updates on the flurry of activity around John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
  • The February stats from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB)
The GHA Sales Transaction Database offers you this week’s CRE transaction activity.
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News Headlines 

Major redevelopment in the works for Hamilton’s Downtown
The Hamilton Spectator, February 24, 2022

Hamilton airport attracts flurry of activity 
RENX, March 1, 2022

Preparation to demolish Jamesville in Hamilton North end underway
The Hamilton Spectator, February 25, 2022

3054 Homestead Drive (Fengate) proposed development
UrbanSolutions Planning & Land Development Consultants Inc.

February 2022 RAHB stats
RAHB, March 2022

Lawsuit over derailed LRT land deal looms over resurrected Hamilton project
The Hamilton Spectator, March 1, 2022

Saving Sobi: Hamilton will pay to keep bike-share network on the road
The Hamilton Spectator, February 26, 2022

Builder wins 11 storey Stoney Creek condo battle
The Hamilton Spectator, March 1, 2022

Broccolini expands GTHA industrial land bank
RENX, February 18, 2022

Large development proposal coming to downtown Burlington
The Hamilton Spectator, February 23, 2022

Ontario cottage country sees record low supply
Storeys Real Estate News, February 24, 2022

BoC hikes rate for first time since 2018
BNN Bloomberg, March 2, 2022

Industrial demand for SW Ontario industrial continues to grow
RENX, February 28, 2022

Investor frenzy rips through housing market
The Globe & Mail, February 18, 2022

Riocan REIT outlines new fiver year growth strategy
RENX, February 24, 2022

Census data field debate over supply and demand
The Globe & Mail, February 18, 2022

 

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