The alliance acquired a prime 34-acre industrial development site, their second deal together
TORONTO, Ontario, July 27, 2021 – Blackwood Partners (Blackwood) and Nicola Wealth Real Estate (NWRE) acquired a 34-acre industrial development site located in Grimsby, southwest of Toronto. The acquisition, which closed July 26, 2021, marks the second co-venture deal by the partnership since Nicola Wealth acquired Blackwood Partners in late 2020. The vision for the property includes the development of over 700,000 square feet of employment-generating industrial space across two buildings.
The proposed industrial development will accommodate mid to large-bay users who will benefit from the location immediately fronting the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) with convenient access to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Hamilton, as well as the US Border. Given the scarcity of leasing options for large users and escalating land prices in the GTA, the industrial market in the Greater Golden Horseshoe offers a significant value proposition and is expanding rapidly. The Hamilton, Stoney Creek, and Grimsby submarkets are all well-positioned to capitalize on strong demand from users given the excellent regional highway connectivity.
“This property is well-positioned with prominent frontage and exposure along the QEW at an attractive cost base,” explains Blackwood Partners Managing Director, John Hayes, “the proposed development will be suitable for both single and multi-tenant buildings providing good optionality.”
This transaction leveraged the strengths of both sides of the strategic partnership between Blackwood Partners and Nicola Wealth Real Estate. The project marks the second venture between Nicola Value Add Real Estate LP (NVARE LP), one of Nicola Wealth’s proprietary real estate funds, and Blackwood Partners. The first joint project, an acquisition of 105-acres of industrial land located in the township of King, North of Toronto, closed in January 2021.
“The strategy of developing modern industrial projects creates great alignment between Blackwood and NWRE,” Nicola Wealth Real Estate, Managing Director Mark Hannah confirmed, “and our partnership with Blackwood will continue to grow as NWRE expands its footprint in the Ontario market.”
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About Blackwood Partners
Blackwood Partners provides real estate investment advisory services, asset management services and transaction management services to Canadian pension funds, foreign investors, private investors and both public and private sector companies to assist them in achieving their investment and corporate real estate objectives.
About Nicola Wealth Real Estate
Nicola Wealth Real Estate (NWRE) is the in-house real estate team of Nicola Wealth, a premier Canadian financial planning and investment firm with over $10 billion (CAD) of assets under management. NWRE has an experienced and innovative team that sources and asset-manages a growing portfolio of properties in major markets across North America spanning a diversified range of asset classes which include office, retail, industrial, multi-family residential, self-storage, and seniors housing. The current real estate portfolio exceeds $5.0 billion gross asset value.