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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B4 Independently Owned & Operated p r o f e s s i o n a l s 1601 Buffalo Place 204- 957- 0500 Are Your Commercial Property Taxes Too High? A member of the Reduce Your Expenses Increase Your Bottom Line Stevenson Advisors can: .. Review your property assessment to determine the accuracy of the assessed value .. Conduct all aspects of your property assessment appeal process June 25, 2015: Final date to submit assessment appeal For more information contact: Trevor Smith 204.934.6221 tsmith@ stevenson. mb. ca www. colliers. com Colliers International Jim Kulik 204.926.3835 jkulik@ colliers. mb. ca .. Unit A- 35,280 SF .. 14’ ceilings, 7 dock doors .. Lease rate: $ 4.95/ SF .. Unit B- 61,100 SF .. 30’ ceilings, 3 dock doors, 1 grade door .. Lease rate: $ 5.95/ SF FOR LEASE 1451 SASKATCHEWAN AVE www. colliers. com Colliers International Jim Kulik 204.926.3835 jkulik@ colliers. mb. ca .. HIGH PROFILE LOCATION .. 37,210 SF warehouse space .. 7 Dock doors .. Fully sprinklered .. Ample parking .. Ceilings to 24’ .. Lease rate: $ 4.95/ SF .. Operating costs: $ 2.63/ SF 1725 INKSTER BOULEVARD www. colliers. com Colliers International Jim Kulik 204.926.3835 jkulik@ colliers. mb. ca .. 24,100 SF available .. 3 grade doors .. Heavy power .. Fenced compound .. LED lighting .. Lease rate: $ 5.75/ SF 63 MILNER STREET FOR LEASE FOR LEASE Commercial Properties & Investments BUSINESS CITY EDITOR: SHANE MINKIN 204- 697- 7292 I CITY. DESK@ FREEPRESS. MB. CA I WINNIPEGFREEPRESS. COM MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015 B 4 I T’S three down and one to go in StreetSide Development Corp.’ s multi- year conversion of four Exchange District heritage buildings into residential condominiums. “ We continue to roll along and to get sales, and life goes on,” StreetSide manager Martin Maykut said. The conversion of the first three buildings in the company’s District Condos development, which have 90 units, has been completed. And the building in the final phase will add 64 more units. The first three buildings are at 133 Market Ave., 132 James Ave. and 110 James Ave. All of the units at 133 Market Ave. and 132 James Ave. have been sold, Maykut said, and there eight left at 110 James Ave. Maykut said with those three buildings done, pre- construction work is underway on the final building, which is two joined together to create one: 139 - 145 Market Ave. “ We’re doing the window replacements as we speak,” he added. He said the conversion work is expected to get underway in late summer or early fall, with the goal of having the units ready for occupancy by the summer or fall of 2016. Maykut admitted sales in the early stages of the District Condos project went slower than expected. But that changed about 1 ½ years ago, after the 49 units at 132 James Ave. were completed. “ Then they ( prospective buyers) could see exactly what they were buying, they could understand the space, they could understand the neighbourhood,” he explained. “ So of all of our ( condo) projects, it ( the District Condos development) has probably been our most consistent seller and was probably our most successful seller through 2014 and 2015.” The District Condos are StreetSide’s first downtown development and its first heritage conversion. Although it’s done a number of infill developments in older, established neighbourhoods such as Osborne Village and St. Boniface, they were new builds. None involved converting an existing building to a new use. Maykut admitted converting the century- old Exchange District heritage buildings has been challenging. “ I would probably call it a labour of love. There are definitely complexities in working with these buildings,” he explained. “ The buildings aren’t perfectly square, so every column, every wall — everything — is just a little out of line.” There’s also the challenge of removing lead paint and asbestos found in the buildings. “ But I think having gone through three and now going into the fourth, we’ve learned quite a bit along the way, and we’re a little better at dealing with things,” he added. While it’s been challenging, Maykut said StreetSide has no regrets about taking on the projects. “ I think they ( the new condos) are great for Winnipeg, and I think it’s helping our downtown. It’s kind of giving more of an urban lifestyle option, and in terms of a legacy, I think they are fabulous projects.” He also suggested they may not be the company’s last downtown conversions. “ If the 139- 145 Market building goes really well, we will probably be off looking for our next opportunity.” StreetSide’s original plans called for the construction of an eight- storey, 50- to 60- unit condo complex on a parking lot the company owns at the corner of James Avenue and Lily Street. However, Maykut said that’s been put on hold until a proposed 450- stall parkade and retail space is built on a provincially owned parking lot on James Avenue. “ It’s definitely a future project, but right now we need that parking lot to sell condos,” he said, noting buyers need the 40- plus stalls for their vehicles until a neighbourhood parkade is built. The province has offered its parking lot, and the city has offered $ 5 million in funding if a developer can be found to build and operate a parkade. StreetSide’s parent company, Qualico, and Sunstone Resort Communities at one time proposed building a mixed- use facility on the provincial lot that would have included a parkade, residential units and some main- floor commercial space. But they later changed their minds after the costs became prohibitive. Angela Mathieson, president of CentreVenture Development Corp., said the province has said it’s in the process of preparing a new request for proposals in hopes of finding another developer to build the parkade. She couldn’t say how soon it might be issued. Know of any newsworthy or interesting trends or developments in the local office, retail or industrial real estate sectors? Let real estate reporter Murray McNeill know at the email address below, or at 204- 697- 7254. murray. mcneill@ freepress. mb. ca COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE MURRAY McNEILL Heritage conversion A ‘ LABOUR OF LOVE’ Success of Exchange District condo project outweighs any challenges SUBMITTED PHOTOS A StreetSide condominium at 110 James Ave. in the East Exchange. Eight units are still up for sale. ‘ I think having gone through three and now going into the fourth, we’ve learned quite a bit along the way’ B_ 04_ Jun- 08- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B4 6/ 7/ 15 4: 22: 28 PM

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