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Measuring your Commercial Property

In residential real estate room sizes are required, in commercial, it is less about room sizes and more about total square feet – and in leasing it is about useable and leasable area. If you haven’t already done so I strongly recommend having your space or property measured by one of a number of professional…

Developing land – Site Plans and Record of Site Condition

In the city of Burlington there are many requirements for developing land. Generally if the land is raw an owner will have to prepare a Record of Site Condition (Environmental) that can cost $10,000 – $15,000 or more, a Site Plan which can cost $100,000 or more and various other municipally mandated items.  

Endangered Species Act – the basics

I am representing a buyer of a parcel of raw industrial land in Hamilton and I included a condition that we are satisfied that there are no undue risks related to the Endangered Species Act. There are 2 main Acts – The Species at Risk Act (Federal) and the Endangered Species Act (Provincial). For interest…

Sale and Leaseback – better than outright sale?

We are seeing an increasing number of clients considering sale and leaseback, for many good reasons : A global manufacturer wanting to add a new production line costing $2million who owns their own building valued at $5.5million with significant equity tied up; A manufacturer who won a bid for a major supply contract but realized their working…

Environmental Basics

Most commercial properties have at least some environmental risks. Beyond that statement it is a property by property situation. The most common problems come from past or present industrial uses or other hazardous uses like gas stations or dry cleaning plants. When you are buying it is advisable to at least consider a Phase 1 environmental report –…