It seems like just yesterday that Justin Trudeau shocked
Westerners with a decisive victory in the 2015 federal election.
However, it’s been a brisk four years and now everyone’s
hitched back up on the old campaign trail.
As is the season, all parties are setting their plans
forward for Canadians should they get a chance to lead.
I may have to read between the lines a little, but is there
anything in these election promises for the commercial real estate industry?
There is much discussion taking place regarding the increasing challenges we face in Saskatoon’s city core.
I see little written about it.
Our Lady of Paris, the literal translation for Notre-Dame de
Paris, has received an outpouring of public sympathy following a devastating
fire last week.
Having seen Notre-Dame in person I can tell you it’s something
The full cost of the fire is still being tallied but I’m not
sure you can put a price on something that is nearly irreplaceable.
In a city projecting another deficit year, it
might seem strange that Mayor Charlie Clark has decided to lay down a mandate
for a new downtown rink.
But Clark has recently declared that a site for
the new arena will need to be chosen before the end of 2019.
What’s the big rush?
Last week, Saskatchewan’s
Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer released her second budget, which projects a
$34.4-million surplus for 2019.
Thinking selfishly, I wondered:
how does this budget impact commercial real estate sale investment in our
I purchased my second single family home in 1979. It was located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a good neighborhood.
The downside was it backed onto a retail strip mall. That wasn’t a concern for me however because everything within that retail corridor was one storey.
Within a year of owning the home, it was announced that a five-storey office building would be constructed overlooking my rear yard.
I immediately sold the property.
Even though the project was public knowledge, I believed it would be easier to sell before it could be seen that the windows in that towering structure would have a full view of my yard.
From that early, first hand experience I can relate to
homeowners that are suddenly faced with a project that significantly impacts
the value of their home.
The Regina Leader-Post published an article in 2008 with Stu
Rathwell, a franchise partner in the new Regina’s Chili’s Grill and & Bar.
Stu shared that his Saskatoon location would be open by that
His optimism about the Chili’s brand was hopeful; if things
took off as he was hoping, he predicted people could expect to see several more
open across the province.
Fast forward to 2019.
If you happened upon Saskatoon’s Preston Crossing the last
week of February, you may have caught sight of Stu’s dream deflating right before
Entrepreneurs Louis and Shaol Pozez could not anticipate 63 years ago that the demise of their discount shoe business would be taken down by a network of computers
This isn’t a story from the rejected piles of Terminator franchise spinoffs; this is a reality.
The Pozez’ conception that grew into Payless ShoeSource brick and mortar stores across the U.S. and Canada are officially shuttering.
Their disregard for advancing online sales, in addition to highly leveraged assets, proved fatal.
Whether you’re buying or leasing commercial real estate, a municipality’s zoning bylaw tells you where you can locate your business.
The City of Saskatoon bylaw lists permitted uses and prohibited uses, which are pretty straight forward by definition.
A discretionary use, however, is identified as a use that the City may allow but will require a more thorough investigation before it approves and permits.
The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) is quickly finding out that a discretionary use in the City of Saskatoon is far from a slam dunk, though.
The City of Saskatoon has officially put out a tender to lease the Farmers’ Market building in Riversdale.
At current, the facility is leased to and operated by the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Co-operative Ltd.
In their original agreement to lease the property, they outlined their plans to expand the market hours over time.
That vision has only grown to three advertised full market days. The City is ready to let someone else take a run at it.