TORONTO, Oct. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (âRioCanâ) (TSX:REI.UN) is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 50% co-ownership interest in 2323 Yonge Street for $27.1 million in the block immediately north of the Yonge Eglinton intersection in Toronto, Ontario. The property is co-owned through a 50/50 joint venture with Streamliner Properties Inc. (âStreamlinerâ) a specialized real estate investment and development firm.
The property is comprised of one eight-storey Class B office building, with street front retail occupied by strong national tenants. The building contains 67,400 square feet of commercial space, which is currently 100% leased. The property is located in the immediate area of ePlaceâ¢, comprised of RioCanâs 466-unit rental building eCentralâ¢, e2 Condos, a 440-unit condo development currently underway in which RioCan has a partial interest, and the 623-unit fully sold and completed e8 Condos, and RioCanâs Yonge Eglinton Centre, all of which will have direct underground access to the Yonge/University subway line and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT upon completion of the LRT line.
âThis acquisition enhances RioCanâs dominant presence in the Yonge Eglinton transit hub right at the heart of mid-town Toronto. RioCan owns not only the northeast and northwest corners of the thriving intersection through ePlace and Yonge Eglinton Centre, but now owns another key asset further north on Yonge Street in this major urban corridor. It represents another important step in expanding our dynamic portfolio of urban mixed-use assets in Canadaâs major markets, particularly in the ever growing Greater Toronto Area,â said Edward Sonshine, Chief Executive Officer of RioCan.
“We are thrilled to partner with RioCan on a project of this significance,â said Chris Sherriff-Scott, President of Streamliner. “The Yonge Eglinton area is one of the cityâs most vibrant neighbourhoods – a place where people live, work, shop and relax. We value the opportunity to enrich the experience for the thousands of people living in and visiting this area each day.â
RioCan believes that there is substantial potential in the property, in part due to the significant demand for office space in the Yonge Eglinton corridor. All of the propertyâs leases are set to expire over the next five years and have sizeable rent growth potential on lease renewals. RioCan also anticipates to significantly improve the operating efficiency of the property over time through revenue enhancement and cost control initiatives, as well as economies of scale generated by RioCanâs ownership of three key properties at this critical intersection. In addition, as the site is situated within a provincially designated Urban Growth Centre, there is significant residential intensification potential, which could further expand our RioCan Livingâ¢ portfolio, meet and enrich local community housing needs and create incremental, sustainable income streams while complementing our adjacent retail space. This would drive further income and net asset value (NAV) growth for our unitholders.
RioCan is one of Canadaâs largest real estate investment trusts with a total enterprise value of approximately $14.3 billion as at June 30, 2019. RioCan owns, manages and develops retail-focused, increasingly mixed-use properties located in prime, high-density transit-oriented areas where Canadians want to shop, live and work. As at June 30, 2019, RioCanâs portfolio is comprised of 230 properties with an aggregate net leasable area of approximately 39.1 million square feet, including residential rental and 13 development properties. To learn more about how we deliver real vision on solid ground, visit www.riocan.com.
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RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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