Vancouver-based real estate company Anthem continues to be bullish on the Calgary market and needs-based retail, launching two new shopping centre projects in the region to service growing residential communities.
The firm also announced the acquisition of the 300,612-square-foot Junction Shopping Centre in Mission, B.C. The grocery-anchored, tier-1 property was acquired in partnership with Crestpoint Real Estate Investments.
“Calgary is a core market for Anthem. It is a great city, with great people. It is affordable, has a well-educated population and is a better deal for families, all in, than Toronto or Vancouver,” said Isaac Beall, Anthem’s senior director of development, during an interview with RENX.
“It will grow and Anthem will continue to build homes, develop new communities and lease up commercial and industrial spaces to those people requiring it.”
Anthem’s D’Arcy Crossing and Highstreet at Cornerstone
The two new shopping centres – D’Arcy Crossing and Highstreet at Cornerstone – are being developed by Anthem Properties for the communities of D’Arcy in Okotoks, just south of Calgary, and Cornerstone in Northeast Calgary.
Those residential neighbourhoods are being developed by Anthem United.
The D’Arcy Crossing shopping centre, with Safeway as an anchor tenant, will also include Shoppers Drug Mart, a liquor store, restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses to service the daily needs of Okotoks-and-area residents. It will be the largest commercial centre in North Okotoks at 151,000 square feet and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2023.
The shopping centre will have more than 40 businesses when completed.
Beall said the northern part of the town has more than 60 per cent of Okotoks’ total population. D’Arcy is a 280-acre community that launched in 2018 bordering the D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club.
Once completed, it will have more than 2,200 homes. About 300 homes have already been built in the community with full buildout expected by 2026.
Anthem is also building the neighbouring community of Wedderburn in Okotoks, which will include about 1,300 homes on completion, which is also expected by 2026. So far 50 new homes have been built.
Cornerstone is a 1,100-acre community launched in 2015. It will comprise about 9,500 homes on full buildout by 2030, with 1,500 already built.
The new shopping centre, which will be 139,000 square feet, will feature a new Chalo! FreshCo and a Shoppers Drug Mart. It is under construction off Country Hills Boulevard and 60th Street N.E.
It also is scheduled to open in spring 2023.
Quickly growing Calgary neighbourhoods
The Cornerstone shopping centre will be a regional draw for other residential communities in the area which includes Redstone, Cityscape and Skyview Ranch – newer neighbourhoods built in the northeast part of the city in recent years.
“Eight years ago, there was nothing. Redstone was just starting and there are now 35,000 people that live there,” said Beall. “It’s staggering. There are so many homes up there it’s absolutely shocking.”
Calgary has been an integral part of Anthem’s business in recent years. The company has developed or has slated for development 4,100 acres in Calgary, Chestermere and Okotoks.
It also has about 513,000 square feet of existing retail and commercial space.
Anthem’s North American presence
Anthem, founded in 1991, has more than 270 residential, commercial and retail projects across Western North America.
Its portfolio includes 15,000 homes completed, in design or under construction, from master-planned, mixed-use and multiresidential, to townhome and single-family communities.
It also owns, co-owns, manages or has previously owned more than eight million square feet of retail, industrial, residential rental and office space.
The company is bullish on Calgary due to affordable real estate, lower taxes, great social and physical infrastructure and the fact people will be moving to the province.
It currently has eight active residential communities in the area which includes Cornerstone, Glacier Ridge in the northwest, Belmont in the southwest, Pine Creek in the southwest, Sirocco in the southwest, Wedderburn in Okotoks and Chelsea in Chestermere.
Some of Anthem’s other communities also have commercial components planned for future phases, but D’Arcy and Cornerstone will be the first to open. They are also the first commercial centres in its land developments to be developed and built by Anthem.
“The No. 1 amenity for all of these residents is grocery,” said Beall, “and part of our business model going forward is to provide that amenity.”
The format for successful retail
Beall said a grocery-anchored shopping centre is the hub and the heart of a community and increasingly so during the current pandemic.
“That type of retail format we have a lot of confidence in, because our paradigm has always been food, booze and drugs when it comes to these centres. People need grocery stores. They need drug stores to get their medications and a liquor store,” he said.
“It’s sort of the prototype piece of critical amenities that communities want, and around that you provide that finer-grain service.
“You add some doctors in. You add the quick-service food and the hair salons and dentists. It’s a sort of tried-and-true recipe and we like to keep that within the community.
“Also from a sustainability standpoint. We try to integrate them in in a thoughtful way as opposed to dropping them in a field in the middle of nowhere so it keeps people from having to travel far distances to have those needs met.”
Beall said there is a need to tread carefully because not every community can support a shopping centre. A critical mass is needed, but wherever possible Anthem will pursue the opportunities.
“At the end of the day, it’s always the grocery store that drives the bus. We’re at the mercy of grocery tenants. Fundamentally their target trade area that most grocers look for is a population within their catchment in excess of 30,000 people,” said Beall.
“That’s sort of the magic number where a store starts to make sense, where they can draw enough shoppers in.”
The Junction Shopping Centre acquisition
The Junction Shopping Centre in Mission includes about 40 tenants and is located at the intersection of the Lougheed Highway and the Abbotsford-Mission Highway about 70 kilometres east of Vancouver.
Anchored by Save-on-Foods and London Drugs, the regional shopping centre has a diverse roster of ancillary tenants including Winners, Cineplex, Goodlife and Starbucks.
The tenant mix is tailored to local demographics providing a mix of daily needs retail which also includes liquor, financial services, health and personal care, entertainment and discount retailers.
It is 98 per cent leased.
For China, reining in real estate a high-stakes balancing act – Aljazeera.com
China’s bid to rein in its debt-ridden property market has become a high-stakes balancing act: clamp down on excessive real estate construction without squeezing so hard that it sends developers under.
Even as Beijing doubles down on reducing the Chinese economy’s reliance on the country’s vast real estate sector, authorities are loosening restrictions on lending and home approvals to avoid a market collapse amid a liquidity crisis that has pushed developers such as China Evergrande Group close to bankruptcy.
Bank credit is being rolled out to property firms at a higher level than in any period during the second quarter or third quarter, according to data collected by China Beige Book International, with mortgage lending in October increasing to 200 billion yuan ($31bn) from 150 billion yuan ($23.5bn) the previous month.
In Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, officials are accelerating approvals for home sales and property loans, while easing restrictions on using proceeds from pre-sales. Because cash-strapped developers have become reluctant to make bids for land – which are a key revenue source for municipalities – some cities have begun relaxing rules for land parcel sales.
“Beijing wants to ensure that there’s sufficient liquidity to maintain construction in the property sector,” Janz Chiang, an analyst at Trivium China in Beijing, told Al Jazeera. “But it also doesn’t want a sudden flow of easy credit – the very practice it has been trying to stamp out for years. So, their challenge is to find out where that magic point between sufficient liquidity and preventing a reinflation of the property sector will be.”
Shehzad Qazi, managing director of China Beige Book International, told Al Jazeera there were signs of increased borrowing across the economy as a whole.
“Property firms are actually leading the pace with bond issuances as well,” Qazi said. “Not only are they seeing recovery in lending through banking channels, but they are also clearly being provided the space to sell bonds to plug the holes in their businesses too.”
Qazi said that keeping track of non-bank lenders would be a key indicator of the market’s direction going forward.
“In the third quarter, we saw historic levels of non-bank lending in the sector with 46 percent of all loans taken by property firms coming from shadow lenders such as trust companies or small loan firms,” he said. “The state-controlled banks were not loaning to private companies at all, so they had to resort to non-bank lenders.”
Nonetheless, Beijing has indicated it will not deviate from its “houses are for living, not for speculation” campaign.
In an essay earlier this month, Vice Premier Liu He said officials should “focus on stabilising land prices, house prices, and stabilise expectations,” in order to “solve household’s housing problems and promote the healthy development of real-estate companies”.
“Top officials have made it crystal clear that they are satisfied with their policies and have also consistently reiterated their intentions to cool the market,” said Chiang.
“While they are most likely to continue with their policy trajectory to cool the property market, we expect some degree of credit control loosening from banks after regulators indicated that their excessive reactions to policies are to blame for the slowdown.”
China’s real estate sector accounts for more than a quarter of the nation’s economy, which officials have cast as a threat to economic stability. Eight of the 10 most-indebted property developers are based in China, and Beijing was aware of the problem of overleveraging even before Evergrande’s debt binge sent investors reeling.
In August 2020, Beijing began restricting borrowing with the “three red lines” policy, which stipulates that developers looking to refinance need to have a 70 percent ceiling on liabilities to assets, excluding advance proceeds from projects sold on contract, a 100 percent cap on net debt to equity, and a cash to short-term borrowing ratio of at least one.
The restrictions have contributed to a fall in new construction, house sales and house prices this year. Growth in real estate investment, which peaked at 38.3 percent in January, dropped to 21.6 percent in April, 10.9 percent in July, and 7.2 percent in October.
“There is the realisation that the former growth model – which involved high levels of debt, high levels of investment, and high levels of growth – doesn’t work anymore,” said Qazi. “Beijing realises that it needs to shift to a more sustainable model, which means a slower pace of growth.”
But Qazi said Beijing appeared to be taking a flexible approach to restructuring the sector.
“Beijing is working with local governments in some 200 cities where Evergrande has unfinished projects,” he said. “They’re creating task forces to evaluate the status of these unbuilt properties and transfer them to new developers so Chinese households are delivered what they’ve paid for. Here the government is adopting a flexible policy vis-a-vis leverage, by allowing for the outstanding debt on these properties to stay off those developers’ balance sheets.”
‘Balanced and sustainable growth’
Sam Xie, head of research at CBRE China, told Al Jazeera that while there were signs banks had expedited loan approvals for reasonable financing needs, he did not expect any major loosening of lending in the near term.
“The policy stance remains that ‘housing is for living in, not for speculation’, and the ‘three red lines’ remain firmly in place to curb excess speculation and overleveraging in the sector,” Xie said.
According to CBRE, Chinese-listed developers will have almost $100bn in corporate bonds expiring in the next two years.
“As such, highly leveraged developers are expected to continue their focus on offloading non-core assets and put off any aggressive expansion plans while the authorities’ emphasis remains on balanced and sustainable growth,” Xie said.
Chiang, the Trivium China analyst, said Beijing’s policy was driven by a long term view of the market.
“Regulators likely believe that once the temporary correction blows over, the sector will be healthier than before, which is precisely what they have been working towards for years,” she said. “Policymakers won’t let this crucial sector starve to death, so some policy rejiggering is possible and looks increasingly probable. We have seen some level of easing up, such as encouraging developers to issue bonds on the interbank market. Still, an all-out U-turn on tight property policy is not in the cards.”
Savills and SRS Real Estate Partners Form Strategic Alliance – Canada NewsWire
“The United States is one of the biggest retail markets globally with estimated retail sales expected to total nearly $4.5 trillion in 2021, making the US a key target for expanding international brands,” Mitchell E. Rudin, Savills North America chairman and CEO, commented. “We already have one of the strongest retail teams in Canada. Aligning with SRS, a widely respected and accomplished national retail advisory firm, deepens our capacity for solving clients’ real estate challenges and cultivating a formidable global retail presence in the US also.”
With more than 300 professionals across 27 offices, SRS is the largest real estate firm in North America dedicated solely to servicing retail clients. In the last 12 months, SRS has represented over 1,100 clients and completed more than $4.5 billion in transactions while currently representing more than 1,700 property listings. The firm’s US client experience includes representing 83 of the top 100 restaurant chains, 74 of the top 100 retailers, and 49 of the top 100 retail owners.
“We are excited to strengthen our alliance with Savills – a globally-respected real estate advisor,” said Chris Maguire, CEO and chairman of the board for SRS. “This alliance is the latest example of SRS evolving to meet growing client needs. For our clients whose needs extend beyond retail and outside of the US, this is big news. We’ve taken meaningful steps to ensure consistent delivery of service across both firms so that you have a strategic partner you can trust for all of your real estate needs.”
Globally, Savills has positioned itself as a leader in the retail sector. In the last 12 months alone, the Savills Prime Global Retail Team have been involved in some of the most high-profile flagship retail transactions internationally, including 711 Fifth Avenue New York, 777 Saint Catherine in Montreal, the renowned Topshop building on Oxford Street in London and 270 Orchard Road in Singapore. On the occupier side, the team is working with some of the most interesting and evolving brands in the retail sector, including the likes of Restoration Hardware, Ralph Lauren, JD Sports and Polestar.
“We are thrilled with the opportunities this alliance has instantly created for us,” said Jordan Karp, executive vice president and head of retail services, Savills Canada. “Savills clients will receive extended, best-in-class service and advisory south of the border as a benefit from this alliance.”
About Savills Inc.
Savills helps organizations find the right solutions that ensure employee success. Sharply skilled and fiercely dedicated, the firm’s integrated teams of consultants and brokers are experts in better real estate. With services in tenant representation, workforce and incentives strategy, workplace strategy and occupant experience, project management, and capital markets, Savills has elevated the potential of workplaces around the corner, and around the world, for 160 years and counting.
SRS Real Estate Partners is the largest real estate company in North America exclusively dedicated to retail services. Headquartered in Dallas with more than 25 offices worldwide, SRS’ strong reach and international presence provide the company with unparalleled knowledge both globally and domestically. As a result, clients of SRS have a competitive edge through a full range of offerings including brokerage services, corporate services, development services, and investment services. Since its inception in 1986, SRS has built a strong foundation in the retail real estate world and grown into one of the industry’s most influential and respected leaders. Our success is measured in the achievement of our clients’ objectives, satisfaction and trust. For more information, please visit srsre.com.
For further information: Media Contact: Michael A. Lassiter, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Engagement, E: [email protected], T: +1 202 624 8539; Media Contact: Christina Wezwick, Director of Communications, E: [email protected], T: +1 214 560 3215
Grand County real estate sales, Nov. 21-27 | SkyHiNews.com – Sky Hi News
Grand County’s real estate transactions Nov. 21-27 were worth more than $16.4 million combined.
• Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit 1, TRT B – Michael Smith and Cathy Walton Smith to Michael and Michele DeGroen, $365,000
• Silverado II Condo Unit 214, Bldg 2 – Nicole and Jeffrey Kaiser to Richard Steven Barr Revocable Living Trust, $440,000
• Base Camp 9200 Second Replat Unit B2 – Sandhills Capital LLC to Eric Taylor and Stacey Miller, $395,000
• Val Moritz Village 1st Filing Lot 7, Block 4 – James V Dunphy Trust to Robert and Samantha Baumgarten, $88,000
• Riveracres 2nd Addn Mountain Meadows Lot 6, Block 5 – Robert and Sherry Millard to Meghan and Joshua Herald, $397,000
• Rabbit Ears Village Subdivision Lot 108 – G Daniel Whittaker to David and Monica Baker, $26,750
• Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B, Unit 10 – PI In The Sky LLC, PI Sky LLC to Shannon and Melissa Carver, $627,000
• Hi Country Haus Bldg 20, Unit 3 – Cizek Living Trust to Lynnda Gies, $515,000
• Shores of Shadow Mountain FP Lot 33 – Dana and Ralph Johnson to Jon and Kimberly Bourgain, $112,000
• Winter Park Highlands Unit 1, Lot 51 – Martin and Joy Nee to Martin Nee, $577,100
• Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit B1, TRT D – Michael and Claudia Dore to Elaine and Jay Menardi, $360,000
• Bussey Hills Subdivision Block 4, Lots 4-6 and 19-23; SEC 14 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – Lorraine Bishard to Mark Bishard and Kathleen Drulard, $225,000
• Village at Elk Track 2nd Filing Grand Elk Ranch & Club Lot 21 – Philip and Joan Kluge to Susan Campbell, $875,000
• Granby Ranch Filing 6, Lot 21 – Bruce Hartley to Jason and Jennifer Newcomer, $80,000
• Trail Creek Estates Lots 16, 30 – Robert and Linda Spaet to Joseph and Jessica Mahoney, $175,000
• Gore City Addn to Kremmling Block 8, Lots 1-18 – Robert Smith to Lone Tree Trust LLC, $725,000
• Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 2, Block 2 – Tyson and Christy Parrott to Ryan Landis, $515,000
• 448 Condominiums Unit 302 and Storage Unit #1 – Virga Corporation to Glenn, Jackie and Heather Weissinger, Matthew O’Leary, $461,510
• 448 Condominiums Unit 102 and Storage Unit #2 – Virga Corporation to Matthew and Katherine Holden, $466,200
• 448 Condominiums Unit 203 and Garage Unit #3 – Virga Corporation to Gary and Mary Gatchell, $722,224
• 448 Condominiums Unit 103 and Garage Unit #6 – Virga Corporation to Carolyn Flynn, $719,852
• 448 Condominiums Unit 301 and Garage Unit #2 – Virga Corporation to Nicole Conard and Joseph Kuntner, $604,895
• 448 Condominiums Unit 201 and Garage Unit #4 – Virga Corporation to John Bobola and Kristin Johnson Bobola, $675,550
• Lofty Pines Store Exemption TRT 1; SEC 24 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – Lonewolf Properties LLC to T Grand Lake Cabins LLC, $675,000
• SEC 32 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – Troy Nelson to Phillip and Sarah Martin, $645,000
• Ten Mile Creek Estates Lot 18; SEC 29 TWP 1N R 76W Partial Legal – Jayson and Hannah Harris, Angela Kennedy Toon Revocable Trust to Garry and Carrie McLelland, $337,500
• East Mountain Filing 9, Lots 44, 44G – Daniel and Elba Brosious to Patrick Lavin and Jennifer Anderson, $881,600
• Moraine Park Lot 36 – Brian and Sofia Fisher to Cooljest Enterprises LLC, $182,000
• Hi Country Haus Bldg 9, Unit 4 – Dan and Martha Hedrick to Cameron and Jessica Curtis, $490,000
• Meadows at Grand Park Filing 1, Lot 64 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Peter and Seon Comeau, $1,056,983
• East Mountain Filing 6, Lot 117 – Jon and Caroline McClurg to Hallie and Kerry Veith, $1,050,000
• Base Camp One Condos Unit 315R – Robert and Rachel Leahy to Roni and Brittany Szigeti, $549,000
• 448 Condominiums Unit 202 and Storage Unit 3 – Virga Corporation to Theresa Lotspeich and Jeffrey Harrington, $445,300
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