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New LCBO Finally Coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Posted by Greg Chew on Feb 15, 2018 11:55:02 AM

Highway 55 in Virgil (Niagara-on-the-Lake) has undergone significant revitalization over the last few years. 1561 Niagara Stone Road (Hwy 55) is the latest confirmed retail development and will be anchored by Tim Horton’s and the LCBO.

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Topics: Commercial development, Commercial redevelopment, Retail

Downtown Revitalization moving to Queenston St.

Posted by Greg Chew on Aug 30, 2017 11:41:17 AM

The downtown revitalization of St. Catharines’ commercial sector has progressed in an eastward direction, for the most part, from the intersection of St. Paul Street revitalization efforts and Ontario Street. Alongside major projects like the Meridian Centre and FirstOntario Performance Arts Centre, new businesses have grown and existing businesses have expanded.

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Topics: Commercial development, In the news

The Union Waterfront Continues to Strive to be the Next Big Port Dalhousie Development Project

Posted by Greg Chew on Aug 23, 2017 2:03:00 PM

It’s has, so far, been a summer of positive development announcements for Port Dalhousie. First, the Port Dalhousie Harbour Club Ltd. announced plans for a loft condo project with new commercial development ground floor units and a few weeks ago, Union Waterfront announced that it had submitted an updated planning application to the city.

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Topics: Commercial development

Impact of Rising Commercial Property Taxes on Small Business Owners

Posted by Greg Chew on Aug 17, 2017 1:30:41 PM

Rising property taxes are taking a toll on small business owners. The non-residential tax system has been criticized in the past for being unpredictable and unfair, however, it remains a key revenue source for most municipalities.

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Topics: Commercial development

What’s Next in the Commercial Growth of Fourth Avenue

Posted by Greg Chew on Jan 26, 2017 11:05:46 AM

Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines is the city's fastest growing commercial node. Construction of the new Niagara Health System (NHS) site was a deciding factor for many investors to begin construction on the vacant lands that surround it. As of the beginning of this year, there are three large in-construction/established commercial projects that mark these lands including First Place, Fourth Avenue West Shopping Centre and the Pathstone Mental Health Building.

These new additions have further cemented Fourth Avenue as a major commercial/retail destination within the city joining the likes of retail giants at Glendale Ave., Lake St., Geneva St. and Ontario St.

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Topics: Commercial development, Niagara Economic Development, Retail

If Transportation Hubs are Good Development Predictors, Grimsby is Primed

Posted by Greg Chew on Nov 10, 2016 12:00:07 PM


In June of this year, it was announced that a new Go Train station will be be developed in Grimsby with services expected by 2021. GO expansion is timely news as Niagara’s population is expected to increase by 170,000 by 2041; a population rise that could bring 80,000 new jobs, although Niagara residents will still continue to commute out of region for work.

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Topics: Commercial development, Residential Developments

The Rumoured Developments to be Hitting Niagara’s Condo Market

Posted by Greg Chew on Nov 7, 2016 10:48:26 AM

Niagara’s condo market is booming. No fewer than a dozen condo buildings are presently on the market, and there are also a number of “rumoured projects” sitting in the planning stages. Over and above these rumoured projects, are plots of land and redevelopment opportunities within the Niagara region prime for multi-residential development.


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Topics: Commercial development

Niagara's waterfront strategy stears towards economic development

Posted by Greg Chew on Apr 29, 2016 4:18:24 PM

Niagara is surrounded by waterfront and it’s various inlets, rivers and creeks help to round out a compilation of desirable and valuable waterfront properties throughout the region.

Over the past year, with Niagara growth expectations rising, there has been a shift at the regional level along with a narrowing priority point that centres on economic development, growth and regional prosperity. Because of this direction, waterfront land has recently become a major economic priority for the region. With plenty of opportunity for residential and commercial development along Niagara's waters this is a necessary action plan to continue to encourage and spur private development.

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Topics: Commercial development, Niagara

Welland introducing new draft comprehensive zoning by-law

Posted by Greg Chew on Apr 7, 2016 11:17:04 AM


The progressive nature of Welland’s City Hall pushes forward with a new Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law. This new document was created so that the city would have one comprehensive zoning by-law, one ‘progressive regulatory document’ that implements policies across the three levels of government.

A draft by-law has been created by the City in order to address the policies developed in line with Welland’s official plan. The official plan contains policies and regulations for land use and development of specific lands. Whereas the zoning by-law enforces policies identified within the Official plan.

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Topics: Commercial development, Industrial development, Niagara, Welland

Princess Auto St. Catharines & the Fourth Avenue West Shopping Centre

Posted by Greg Chew on Apr 1, 2016 10:30:59 AM


Canadian auto parts retailer Princess Auto is constructing a new location on Fourth avenue in St. Catharines. The store will be apart of the new Fourth Avenue West Shopping Centre development. The brand which is currently expanding across Canada, provides a unique retailer to Niagara further strengthening Fourth Avenue’s retail options.

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Topics: Commercial development, Commercial redevelopment, Niagara

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