Hamilton’s high-density sector maturing

Just like mid-month, the end of December witnessed good transaction levels. No major deals took place in Hamilton, which could be a sign of things to come in 2023.

The largest transaction of the week took place in Cambridge, where Smartstop Self Storage purchased a 200,000 sq. ft asset for $36 million ($176/sq. ft).

The second largest transaction occurred in Thorold, where Bioveld purchased approximately 450,000 sq. ft of an industrial asset, with additional land, along the Welland Canal and will reportedly lease to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

In Hamilton, the largest deal was for a 9,000 sq. ft office, which sold for $1.85 million ($206/sq. ft), which is about the typical value for most of the (very few) office transactions.

In the news, Hamilton‘s high-density sector is maturing, immigration to Canada hit a record in 2022, and the labour market crushed forecasts.

If you’re interested in learning what happened in Hamilton during 2022 and the trends heading into 2023, please join me at The Hamilton Commercial Real Estate Report: Year in Review at CoMotion on King at 115 King St. E. on January 25 at noon. RSVP today!

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

News Headlines

Greenbelt infrastructure issues could delay homebuilders 
The Toronto Star, December 30, 2022

Hamilton’s high-density sector is maturing
RENX, January 6, 2023

Hamilton Jamesville redevelopment stalled by CN appeal
The Hamilton Spectator, January 6, 2023

Labour market crushes forecasts, increases odds of rate hike
BNN Bloomberg, January 6, 2023

Record number of condos to hit Toronto market in 2023
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Immigration to Canada hits record in 2022
The Globe and Mail, January 3, 2023

Why those waiting for a return to normal commercial real estate will get left behind
The Financial Times, January 2, 2023

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.

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

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