Vancouver-based developer purchases Capital Iron lands in downtown Victoria
Published May 29, 2020
The following content is a press release issued by Reliance Properties.
Victoria, British Columbia – An award-winning local property owner and developer has committed to purchase the Capital Iron lands, two prominent downtown blocks with heritage significance. Reliance Properties’ pending acquisition marks one of Victoria’s most notable real estate transactions in recent years.
“With our known commitment to community-building, heritage rehabilitation, and thoughtful development, we are excited to add the Capital Iron lands and its many tenants to our portfolio,” said Jon Stovell, President and CEO of Reliance Properties, a company that is nationally recognized for its heritage work in Victoria. “The Capital Iron lands have a rich history and several significant heritage buildings, which aligns perfectly with our extensive experience and interests.”
The Capital Iron lands are located on Victoria’s Upper Harbour. The total 6.7 acres are mostly undeveloped with only 93,000 square feet of built commercial and retail space, including three registered heritage buildings. Its popular namesake tenant, Capital Iron, occupies approximately half of the built space and has roots dating back 80 years.
“Our general store is one-of-a-kind in Victoria, and we are proud of its long history,” said Mike Black, owner of Capital Iron retail store. “Our family looks forward to continuing to operate our business alongside our many neighbouring retailers and specialty stores, maintaining a strong presence in the community and city, as all stores are now open. We also look forward to working with Reliance Properties.”
This month, city council marked the north end of downtown as a future Innovation District, an area that will have diverse uses and be a hub of technological innovation. The Capital Iron lands fall within the emerging innovation district and offer one of the city’s largest development opportunities.
“We look forward to collaborating with the current users, like Capital Iron retail store, and the community to create a master plan that incorporates the site’s heritage into a vibrant waterfront with high-value jobs, institutions, homes, and public amenities,” said Stovell. “The Capital Iron lands have more than 400 feet of water frontage, making it a unique, attractive, and exciting location.”
Reliance has been active and investing in Victoria for more than 10 years. According to Colliers’ 2018 market report, Reliance completed the city’s highest dollar-value transaction that year with its $60 million purchase of Harbour Centre, a commercial building at 910 Government Street. Colliers’ 2019 report states that two of Reliance’s purchases were among the Top 3 in the categories of commercial and multi-family real estate.
Reliance’s heritage portfolio in Victoria includes 780 Blanshard, Fairfield Block, Northern Junk, the Board of Trade building, and The Janion, the company’s most distinguished heritage project for which it won multiple local and national awards for adaptive reuse.
The purchase of the Capital Iron lands is expected to complete in August. C
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