Hamilton rated one of Canada’s best locations to invest

Forge & Foster is moving! Sept. 23 will be our last day at 67 Frid St. By Sept. 27, we’ll be set up at 29 Harriet St., in the exciting, high-growth film district of Barton-Tiffany.
This week witnessed a large volume of transitions, typical for the transition period between months. It’s great to see these patterns holding even as interest rates continue to rise.
This week’s largest transaction occurred south of Kitchener in North Dumfries, where an industrial building on a large swath of land sold for $19 million.

The second largest transaction took place in Waterloo, where Village Developments purchased almost an acre of residential land for $14 million.

The largest transaction in Hamilton was in Stoney Creek, where 12.45 acres of industrial land sold for $13 million (approximately $1 million/acre).

In the news, Hamilton has been rated as one of Canada’s best locations to invest, New Horizon Development Group submitted a bid for taller buildings, and Toronto‘s average condo rents have surged to a record high.


We’re moving! 
Sept. 23 will be Forge & Foster’s last day at 67 Frid St.
As of Sept. 27, our new address will be: 29 Harriet St. Hamilton, ON L8R 2E5

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

Hamilton rated as one of Canada’s best locations to invest 
Invest In Hamilton, September 2022

Dundas site receives conditional approvals for 4 storey, 51 unit development
The Hamilton Spectator, September 12, 2022

New Horizon Development’s new bid aims taller
The Hamilton Spectator, September 12, 2022

Home construction authority moves to revoke Burlington developer’s license
The Hamilton Spectator, September 10, 2022

6 storey building set to replace three houses in Waterloo
The Record, September 9, 2022

Kitchener’s Mill St plan would transform area around LRT station with six towers up to 1,500 units
The Record, August 29, 2022

August 2022 Rent Report
Rentals.ca, September 2022

Toronto condo rents surge to record average $2,806/month
The Toronto Star, September 7, 2022

Ontario passes strong mayor legislations, providing Toronto and Ottawa veto power
CBC News Toronto, September 8, 2022

Bank of Canada expected to hike interest rate to 3.25%
The Hamilton Spectator, September 7, 2022

Tal: Interest rates could deepen Canada’s rental housing crisis
RENX, September 8, 2022

DiCenzo Homes has proposed a 12-storey, 165-unit residential tower at 639 Rymal Rd. in Hamilton.

DiCenzo Homes proposes a 12-storey residential tower on Hamilton Mountain

It’s great to see that over the last two weeks, we’ve continued to see good deal flow, despite interest rates tightening activity to some extent.

This week’s largest transaction took place in Grimsby, where Anatolia Group purchased 35.3 acres of vacant industrial land for $56.3 million (nearly $1.6 million/acre).

The price of Hamilton industrial land continues to escalate.

Other notable transactions include:

  1. downtown corner property at 150 Main St. E. was purchased for $6.1 million ($9.5 million/acre), which is comparable to high-density residential land values.
  2. Granite REIT purchased 10 acres of residential land in Brantford for $6.3 million (nearly $630,000/acre).

It’s also great to see that multiple office transactions have taken place over the last two weeks, with the majority being medical-related.

In the news,

  • DiCenzo Homes has proposed a 12-storey residential tower.
  • Hamilton Council rejected a plan to exempt part of Ancaster from housing intensification.
  • The national industrial vacancy rate hit a record low of 1.6%.
The GHA Sales Transaction Database offers you this week’s CRE transaction activity.
News Headlines

Hamilton Design Review Panel: 639 Rymal Rd. W.
August 2022

253 King William development to lease units for as little as $85/month
Fast Company, August 19, 2022

Council rejects plant to exempt part of Ancaster from housing intensification
The Hamilton Spectator, August 16, 2020

Leap of faith: Hamilton church converted into apartments
The Hamilton Spectator, August 23, 2020

Evolving Workforces: Toronto Lab Market H1 2022 Report — A Nascent Real Estate Market On The Rise
CBRE Research, August 2022

Councillors approve townhouse development on Rymal Rd
The Hamilton Spectator, August 16, 2020

Last Stelco blast furnace demolished on Hamilton bayfront
The Hamilton Spectator, August 17, 2020

New Vision church needs $3.9M to transform into 1,000 seat music venue
CBC News, August 22, 2022

New Hamilton census data 
The Hamilton Spectator, August 24, 2022

How Hamilton, Burlington have changed since last census
The Hamilton Spectator, August 24, 2022

Hamilton’s Beasley Park to receive project funding
CBC News, August 27, 2022

Granite kicks off Brantford business park
RENX, August 19, 2022

Waterloo’s sky-rocketing rental prices show no signs of slowing
The Record, August 24, 2022

Niagara needs 32,000 homes over next decade
The St. Catharines Standard, August 22, 2022

Toronto area CRE deals total $7B, up 43% y/y
The Toronto Star, August 18, 2022

Ontario’s 1.5M homes by 2031 not likely 
The CBC News, August 16, 2022

National industrial vacancy rate hits record low of 1.6%
The Globe & Mail, August 22, 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

Rendering of the Design District towers by Emblem Developments

Alex Manojlovich’s Weekly Market Report: Emblem Launches Largest Downtown Hamilton Condo Project

This week witnessed some great action.

The retail asset class continues its return to consistency with a few smaller deals this week.

The largest transaction in Hamilton this week was for 250 Fruitland Rd. in Stoney Creek. This 19.64-acre piece of land sold for $23.562 million (approximately $1.2 million/acre). This is below market value for residential land. However, the parcel appears to be zoned agricultural currently.

Nearby, developer Melrose Investments purchased 4.44 acres for $900,000 ($202,000/acre), which is great value but probably includes more work than the Fruitland Rd. deal.

The largest transaction in the area occurred in Cambridge, where Argyle Capital Partners purchased a 200,000 sq. ft industrial building for $33 million ($165/sq. ft). It’s a slightly large purchase price given the market and size of the asset, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this were fair market value given the way industrial demand and industrial market lease rates continue to grow.

In the news, Emblem launches Hamilton’s largest downtown project, the COA moves forward with a 109-unit development project on Dundurn St., and the website has been launched for the 75 James Condo development by LiUNA.

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


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News Headlines

Emblem launches largest downtown Hamilton condo project
RENX, June 27, 2022

75 James Condominiums official website
2022

Minor Variance re: 330 Dundurn St. S. eight-storey residential project
City of Hamilton Committee of Adjustment

New pocket track expands West Harbour GO train service
In The Hammer, June 28, 2022

Centre[3] expands into Forge & Foster’s 29 Harriet St. in the Bayfront Studio District
The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, 2022

Feds turnover Burlington Canal piers to HOPA for pedestrian use
Global News, June 28, 2022

June 2022 Rent Report
Rentals.ca

Blackstone sees opportunities in student housing, multi-family, life sciences and more
The Hamilton Spectator, June 29, 2022

London, ON to cut parking requirements
CBC News, June 24, 2022

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