Developer aims to expand retail in Guelph’s West End

Ten years after it did its last comprehensive review of Guelph’s commercial scene, city hall is gearing up to do another as it also considers a proposed expansion of the commercial floor-space limit for the west end’s main shopping area.

“I think it’s fair to say the retail landscape has changed in Guelph since 2006,” when the city’s last comprehensive commercial review was done, Coun. Cathy Downer said at Monday’s council meeting.

Senior development planned Lindsay Sulatycki responded that the city’s planning department is preparing to do another review soon.

Waterloo looking at new zoning rules to control density

Waterloo City Hall

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WATERLOO — Proposed new zoning rules in Waterloo would more strictly control development in low density residential neighbourhoods.

Trevor Hawkins, manager of applications and implementation at the city, said the proposed rules give existing residents more certainty about the types of development they might see in their neighbourhoods.

“This way council will have a bit more control over where they could focus the more intense low density uses … and put them in specific areas,” he said.

Conflict between existing traditional residential neighbourhoods and new development has been a recurring issue in Waterloo as some residents and politicians push back against dense projects that seem out of place.

NAI Park Capital negotiates new lease with retail store fixture manufacturer in Guelph, Ontario

589-Massey-Rd-250x150-webGUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA: NAI Park Capital is pleased to announce the completion of a newly negotiated lease with Kooiman Industries Limited for 20,390 square feet of industrial and office space located at 589 Massey Rd., Guelph, Ontario, bringing the property to 100% occupancy. Kooiman Industries Limited is consolidating two separate locations into one building, and relocating to Guelph from an outside municipality.

Michael Merker, CCIM represented the Landlord in the transaction.

The property is managed by Orbis Property Management on behalf of an overseas investor.

The little city that could: How Guelph got the lowest unemployment rate in Canada

linamarWhile much of the country is facing ever-increasing unemployment, there’s a little bright spot in southern Ontario. The small city of Guelph currently has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, at 3.9 per cent, much less than the national rate of 7.3 per cent.

This isn’t new either – Guelph, with a regional population of roughly 140,000, has consistently enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada over the past year.


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Subordination clauses: Get your priorities straight

Imagine this: you find your business client a great place, at a great location, at a below market rate. Your client poured money into tenant improvements because they plan to stay there forever. And why wouldn’t they? The rent is so cheap and the location is great! But, we all know that if it’s too good to be true…

Just after your client does a full launch of his business, the landlord’s lender tells him that his lease is terminated and he is evicted.

Do they have the right? Does your client have to leave?

Work may finally get underway on Guelph’s $2.1 million train station renovation

trainstationCity hall is hoping to finally start renovation work on the Guelph Central Train Station this spring, four years after opening the central bus and train station on Carden Street in May of 2012.

The city announced Friday that it was releasing a tender for a general contractor to start renovation work at the historic train station, which used to be owned by VIA Rail and is now owned by the city.

“The renovation to Guelph Central Station will improve our city’s intermodal transportation hub by creating a shared space for Guelph Transit, Greyhound Canada, GO Transit and VIA Rail services that’s accessible and convenient for all riders,” Mario Petricevic, the city’s general manager of facilities management, said in a news release.

Transit hub planned for downtown Kitchener, Ontario

transit-hubThe Region of Waterloo, which includes the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario, plans to build a $43 million dollar transit center to connect with the city’s new ION LRT line, currently under construction.

Council recently voted to proceed with a design-bid-build process, and to contact the provincial agency Infrastructure Ontario to assist with procurement. The cost includes the cost of transit infrastructure, procurement and parking. The Region is seeking funding from the provincial and/or federal governments before the project receives the green light.

The center will be located on the southeast quadrant of King Street (Kitchener-Waterloo’s main north-south street) and the former CN Toronto-London Guelph Subdivision. This line is currently used by VIA trains and two weekday GO Transit rush hour runs, which will soon be increased to four. Apart from the LRT, GO and VIA trains, Grand River transit buses, the local operator of city routes, will use the center.

NAI Park Capital represents Tenant in 12,680 SF industrial lease in Guelph, Ontario

NAI Park Capital recently represented the Tenant, 12 Gage Customs Limited, in leasing 12,680 square feet of industrial and office space located at 45 Massey Rd., Guelph, Ontario. This represents the doubling space for one of its Guelph locations. 12 Gage Customs Limited currently has two locations in the Northwest Industrial Area of Guelph.

Michael Merker, CCIM represented the Tenant in the transaction. Read Capital Realty Corp. represented the Landlord.

NAI Global Ranked Fourth Among Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands

NAI Global - Lipsey Ranking

Guelph, ON: NAI Global, the world’s largest, most powerful network of owner-operated commercial real estate firms, earned the fourth spot in the 2016 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands. The survey was conducted among 100,000 commercial real estate professionals using a combination of ballot voting, phone interviews and focus groups to evaluate innovation, responsiveness and quality of service. NAI Global is the only commercial real estate network of independently owned and operated firms represented among the top five. NAI Commercial based in Canada is a Member of NAI Global, serving across Canada.

The survey is conducted by The Lipsey Company, a leading training and consulting firm specializing in the commercial real estate industry. The 2016 survey results can be found here: VIEW RESULTS


About NAI Global

NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms. NAI Global provides a full range of corporate real estate services, including brokerage and leasing, property and facilities management, real estate investment and capital market services, due diligence, global supply chain and logistics consulting and related advisory services. NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. Founded in 1978, today NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. Supported by the central resources of the NAI Global network, Member firms deliver market-leading services locally and combine their in-market strengths to form a powerful bond of insights and execution for clients with multi-market challenges


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