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B.C.’s transportation minister says replacing the aging George Massey Tunnel with a 10-lane toll bridge will drastically reduce congestion on the busy commuter route.

 

Todd Stone said the three-kilometre bridge over the Fraser River will cost $3.5-billion, up $500-million from initial estimates.

 

The bridge will include an HOV lane in each direction, as well as a cycling lane and pedestrian access.

 

Construction will begin in 2017 and isn't expected to be completed until 2022.

 

The estimated toll costs to drivers have not been announced, but Stone said they would likely be comparable to those of the Port Mann Bridge.

 

Stone promised that the new bridge would reduce commute times drastically.

 

"The new bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel will improve highway safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from unnecessary idling, and save rush-hour commuters up to 30 minutes a day," said Stone.

 

"This will be the largest bridge ever built in B.C. When completed, it will address what is now the worst traffic bottleneck in the province and bring travel time reliability to one of our most important transportation corridors, serving national, provincial and regional economies."

 

The additional lanes will reduce collisions by 35 per cent because it will be safer to merge, said Stone.

 

The province says the current tunnel no longer meets seismic safety requirements, and many of its major components only have a decade of useful life left before they need to replaced.

 

The new bridge will accompany improvements on Highway 99, including new interchanges in Richmond and Delta.

Currently, more than 80,000 vehicles use the tunnel each day.

 

By Darcy Wintonyk MathesonSenior Digital Producer, CTV Vancouver

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:25AM PST 

 

(the original news if from: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/george-massey-tunnel-to-be-replaced-by-10-lane-toll-bridge-1.2702821

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溫甘比走廊增密度,拆獨立屋建城市屋

                                                                    --  第3期通過,將配合建廉屋單位


溫哥華市議會週三通過【甘比走廊】(Cambie Corridor)第三期發展計劃,未來增加適合家庭居住的城市屋及排屋等房屋種類,區內約四分之一的獨立屋清拆;而區內五個大型樓盤,需配合甘比走廊整體發展,同時也興建廉租單位。


溫市議會2009年擬定分三階段發展甘比走廊計劃,第一期在2010年通過,發展重點是在架空列車站周圍。2011年通過的第二期計劃則著重主要幹道旁,例如甘比街沿線發展。週三通過的第三期計劃,發展重點是距離加拿大線步行10分鐘的區域,但不在主幹道旁。

 

甘比走廊第三期規劃區域,西至渥街(oak st.)、東至安大略街(Ontario St.)、北邊界限是西16街,南至菲沙河,規劃區域範圍甚廣。


溫市議員雷健華週三接受《星島日報》訪問時表示,市府職員在未來18至24個月內,會陸續咨詢公眾,在修訂整個計劃,市議會在2017年冬季,會在對此計劃進行表決才會定案。


他續稱,第三期的重點發展研究地區,是離加拿大線不遠、但距主幹道有一個藉口外的區域,增加適合家庭居住的房屋種類,例如城市屋,排屋,或兩房以上的柏文,房屋高度不太高,但這方面還需與居民咨詢溝通。另外,甘比走廊未來至少有五個大型樓盤陸續展開,第三期計劃會確保這些樓盤,建於周遭的整體發展一致,并配合興建廉租單位。


根據市府引用2011年人口普查資料,甘比走廊地區內34%的人口為華商,比全市23%的比例還高。29%的居民會育有19歲以下子女,比全市22%還高。總人口約為4.25萬人,租客與自住的比例是43%比57%。獨立屋佔有54%。


自2011年甘比走廊第二期計劃推出以來,有33宗土地用途變更申請案,其中26宗獲批准,創造6,600個新住房單位,其中一半是兩房以上適合家庭居住,還包括630個全新的出租單位,190個社會住屋單位。溫市府也藉此獲得2.56億元的美化社區設施資金,還增加了143個托兒服務名額。


















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http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/cambie-corridor-plan.aspx

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在地產發展的帶動下,沿著加拿大線的溫哥華甘比走廊(Cambie Corridor)將會煥然一新。甘比街(Cambie St)與57街(57th Ave)一幅本來屬於溫哥華沿岸衛生局(Vancouver Coastal Health,簡稱VCH)的約9公頃土地,已售與地產發展商,據悉,成交價格高達3億元,計劃發展成高層柏文組成的的高密度住宅區,還有醫護與長著安養中心,該處也會加設加拿大線(Canada Line)新車站,成為設施完備的小社區。

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                                                                          2015年大溫地區商業地產投資趨勢

                  

                                       

    (本報訊)記者Paul報道,梁國權先生隸屬北美地產公司顧問公司的翹楚Re/Max,超過27年的商業地產投資經驗,是加拿大西海岸最成功的投資地產及土地開拓顧問之一。從業多年來,獲獎無數,這些獎項對他在商業地產所作出的傲人成績予以肯定。梁先生可操流利的廣東話、上海話、普通話和英語,能為主流及華人客戶解決語言及文化的隔閡,并為客戶準確定位投資方向。

 

     累積多年來的知識及經驗,梁先生可以迅速、精準地為商業地產進行價格評估,並分析商業投資市場的走向。他曾於2014年準確預測新移民政策對商業地產的影響。當時他認為新的移民政策會吸引更有實力的海外投資者,進而促進加拿大的經濟發展。因此,大溫地區的商業地產投資會不斷的發展。事實證明如其預期,商業地產投資需求量在2014年顯著提高。

 

    梁先生認為,大溫地區的商業地產投資在2015年依舊成上升趨勢。他提到,投資者需要密切關注大溫地區的投資物業。近期,很多外來投資者趁加元匯率低期間,在房地產上投注大量資金,并等到貨幣匯率穩定后出售,從中獲利。這使得溫哥華成為全世界房價第二高的城市。目前,商業市場上回報率在3%-5%的投資物業貨源比較少,隨著土地不斷增值,這類投資物業的整體回報率每年可以高達10%以上,其回報率要比其它類型的投資工具高很多。同時,各大銀行的商業地產貸款利率在近幾年來,比較穩定,基本維持在3.5%-4.5%,築造了一個貸款投資的良好時機。而且,大溫地區的市政府,不斷推出新的土地開發計劃,配合人口增長。每個城市不單允許增加開發土地的住宅容積率,更允許改變土地用途,鼓勵商業發展。隨著大溫運輸系統(Translink)的發展,天車系統使用廣泛,城市外來人口增加,人車流動率提升,大大激活了商業市場的發展。政府的支持為大溫地區商業的未來發展提供了保障。綜上所述,高回報、低利率及無限的發展潛力,讓商業地產在市場上非常搶手。

 

     現在,全世界恐怖襲擊不斷,是一個反恐時代。全球油價下調,貨幣匯率不穩定,黃金貶值,唯獨地產業務只升不降,地產投資將會再度成為帶動經濟發展的火車頭和貨幣的避風港。值得一提的是,溫哥華在2014年入選最適宜人類居住的城市中的第三名,安全的投資環境,也是重要的參考項目之一。

 

      梁先生指出,加幣的貶值及移民申請類別的增加,配額的提升,對商業地產的發展起到了進一步的催化作用。他重申,大溫地區將會發展成為國際城市,人口急速增加興起的各項商務活動頻繁促使商業投資只會前進,不會回頭。並且,商業投資市場已經不局限于渴望移民的亞洲人或世界其它地區的人,更多的本地實力派的企業和個人,也開始著眼于商業投資。亞洲人尤其是新移民,對本地商業投資不是很了解,容易盲目投資。與亞洲人相比,本地的投資者的投資目標和方向會比亞洲人準確。商業投資地產對投資者的流動資金及儲蓄資金的要求相對較大,所涉及的相關考慮因素也比較複雜,需要找一位經驗豐富、對市場十分了解的地產顧問做指引。

 

       梁先生願意隨時分享經驗,並介紹合適的投資項目給對商業投資感興趣的朋友。

       聯絡電話:604-644-6482  

       電子郵箱:raymondkleung@hotmail.com

 

 

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大溫商業地產投資分析顯示,儘管2013年商用物業需求持續強勁,但因缺乏大金額投資交易,使得成交總金額較前年滑落。零售店舖與工業廠房躍居市場主力,反觀辦公室與多單位出租物業,因賣方惜售,供給有限,成交總金額分別跌落五成及三成。

商用地產經紀業者「高力國際」(Colliers International)3日發表2013年終「大溫投資報告」(Metro Vancouver Investment Report),該報告彙集區內成交金額100萬元以上的辦公室、多單位出租物業、零售店舖與工業廠房,分析成交量與總金額走勢。

報告指出,2013年零售店舖與工業廠房躍居商用市場主力,其中零售店舖成交量從2012年的170筆,大幅增至2013年的229筆,總金額也從8億5259萬元增至11億2308萬元,成長31.7%。大溫地區內一些住商混合社區,例如溫市福溪(False Creek)的冬奧選手村開發案,零售商舖就非常搶手,當地由12個零售店舖組成的6萬3000平方呎物業單位,2013年下半年就以4510萬元的價格售出,是大溫當年最大一筆店舖交易。

工業廠房成交量從2012年的170筆增至184筆,金額從8億9771萬元增至9億7858萬元,成長9%。

 

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Lakestone, reloaded
“Okanagan's largest resort development to generate over $1.5 billion in economic activity,” declared the press release that arrived August 23, 2006, touting Lakestone, a venture of Vancouver-based 20/20 Group Inc.

Vineyards, a golf course, a marina and villas ranging in price from $700,000 to $1.8 million were planned for Lakestone, the latest vineyard-oriented project to be announced for the Okanagan. Concord Pacific's Greata Ranch Vineyard Estates in Peachland, Bellstar Hotels and Resorts Ltd.'s vision of a wine village in Oliver, and The Rise, a 735-acre development with 1,200 homes above Vernon, had led the way into a market where “cautious” never modified “optimism.”


“It takes individual elements that whole resorts have been built on and puts them together in one resort,” John Murphy, president of 20/20 at the time, said. “We've got water, wine and golf, all in one location.”


When the financial crisis hit in 2008, more than $50 million had been spent on the project. Twenty lots were serviced, 10 had sold, and 20/20 was on the hook to Royal Bank.


That's where Macdonald Development Corp. (MDC) stepped in.


“I suggested they just pay off their debt and hang on to the property,” said Rob Macdonald, president of MDC. “[20/20] just wanted to sell the property, so I ended up buying it for $16 million, which was the bank debt.”

 

The deal closed in 2011, and MDC set about reconfiguring the project, eliminating the golf course and vineyards, downsizing the marina and rearranging home sites across the 550-acre property. Project costs are now in the range of $1 billion.

 

Plans continue to include 1,365 homes, but, as planning documents note, “the allocation of densities on the site has changed to reflect current market and phasing considerations, while responding to detailed site planning and grading studies that place specific housing types on the most suitable pieces of land.”

 

Construction and sales resumed last year, with news voters had re-elected the BC Liberals.

 

“Right after the election, we moved forward with the hard construction and moved forward with the development full-tilt,” Macdonald said.

 

There are now 116 lots under development.

 

With momentum building behind the new incarnation of the project, MDC hosted a ceremony with Lake Country Mayor James Baker and Ron Cannan, member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on June 20 to signal Lakestone's formal relaunch.

 

Hotel check-in
Positive momentum is also building in the province's hotel market. 

Carrie Russell, managing director of hotel valuation and advisory firm HVS Canada, told a recent seminar the firm hosted in Vancouver that demand for rooms in Metro Vancouver was up 8.4% in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. Demand for Vancouver International Airportproperties rose 14%, making them tops in the country. The performance puts Metro Vancouver on track for a strong year after three years of lacklustre demand.

  

Credit rising demand to an influx of visitors from Asia, particularly China. The number of visitors from China was up 30% in the first quarter, while travel from Asia as a whole and the U.S. rose 7% and 4%, respectively.

 

Robert Pratt, president of Coast Hotels Ltd., said Vancouver is attractive to visitors from China because it's familiar yet far enough from China to have prestige. It also offers a blend of urban amenities and wilderness that Chinese travellers find attractive, because a range of experiences is offered in the single destination.

 

Canadian Tourism Commission numbers indicate the average Chinese traveller stays 14 nights and spends $1,853 per visit. The demand ultimately boosts the value of local hotel assets.

 

HVS expects per-room sale prices to increase 3% this year and next, and then jump 7% in 2016.

 

 

Smoked 

Within four hours and 20 minutes of this column hitting doorsteps last week, the province announced that municipalities won't lose property tax revenues from registeredmedical marijuana farms that locate off farmland. Beginning in 2015, the facilities will be taxed at the applicable rate – unless they're located on farmland, in which case they'll be taxed at commercial rates.

 

Marijuana production joins wine and cider production as well as sand and gravel extraction on the province's table of operations permitted on farmland that aren't taxed at farm rates.

 

 

 

**This article is written by Peter Mitham from Website: www.biv.com**


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It’s not just the residential real estate market that continues to sizzle, the commercial property market continued its red hot pace in the last quarter.

“Those expecting the Canadian commercial real estate investment market to come off the boil will continue to wait,” says a new report from CBRE.

The real estate company said Friday investment volume reached a new first quarter record in 2014 and pension funds are leading the charge.

 

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Investors bought $6.8-billion of Canadian commercial real estate in the first quarter, up 12.2% from the same period a year earlier. Some of the increase can be attributed to larger transactions that were finalized in the first quarter of 2014, including the approximate $500-million purchase of Toronto’s upscale Bayview Village mall which was first reported by The Financial Post.

“Each distinct investment cycle is unique and this current cycle stands out for its resilience,” said John O’Bryan, chairman of CBRE, in a statement. “The purchaser profile has varied significantly over the past year. REITs were dominant initially, only to have private buyers come to the forefront and now pension funds are moving into an increasingly dominant position.”

He says pension funds are expected to become increasingly aggressive as they allocate even more money for real estate driven by access to cheap capital.

Pension funds accounted for 33.7% of total investment activity in the first quarter, just behind private investors who usually are responsible for about 45% of activity. The REITs were down to about 11.4% of activity in the first quarter.

“When you can buy commercial real estate for almost the same price as building it new, there is some hesitation and more financial scrutiny; however, pension funds and other investors are in need of income producing investments and by most metrics, commercial real estatehas a very strong track record over the past decade,” said Ross Moore, director of research, in the release.

Office buildings have been the main driver of deals, accounting for just over $2-billion of activity in the first quarter. Retail investment was about $1.9-billion for the quarter followed by land purchases at $1.27-billion.

Eastern Canada also drove the market with investment activity $3.6-billion in Toronto and $1.1-billion in Montreal.


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                      新移民政策有利商業房地產發展

                           資深商業地產專家梁國權分享他的預測

 

          梁國權是加拿大西岸最成功的房地產顧問之一。 他屬於Re/Max ,該公司是北美房地產顧問公司界的翹楚。25年的商業房地產買賣經驗及誠懇、踏實的工作態度,加上能操流利廣東話, 上海話, 普通話和英語,使他獲獎無數,成就非凡。以往的不提,2011年, 他在Re/Max 加拿大的所有房地產經紀中排名第五, 在全球e/Max排名第9。 最近,由於他在2013年商業房地產的買賣工作上表現出眾而獲得了在加拿大西岸第4名的獎項。這些 獎項,直接見證了顧客對梁先生的專業及個人的 肯定及認同。

 

           梁先生過去的房地產經驗牽涉到各種不同類型物業的買賣, 包括在大溫地區的土地開發、 零售物業、 購物中心大樓、 酒店、農地及度假別墅等。他可以很稱職地從多方面協助顧客,例如租賃、 商業買賣、 合資、融資等。 

 

          梁先生不單是一位房地產經紀, 他多次在報紙上刊登關於房地產投資題材的文章。 對於未來的發展趨勢,他以特殊的而可靠的計算技巧, 從而對物業的市場價值和投資項目的利潤潛力作出非常準確的評估。多年來,由於他建立了良好信譽及廣闊的人脈,所以能在為客戶的談判中有一定的發言份量及影響力。

 

           加拿大政府在2014 年2月11日下午宣布了2014年度财政预算案,建议一刀切取消投资移民与企业移民类别, 有报道说大约九成申请来自中国内地,勢必對大溫房地產造成重大影響。梁先生認為,長遠來說, 溫哥華的房地產市場不會由於新政策的出現而受到不良的影響。第一,溫哥華是全球最適宜人類居住的國際都市之一, 但是它的房地產價格還是在國際水平上偏低,絕對沒有泡沫。 第二,加拿大有穩定安全的金融體制,各大銀行机构的贷款利息远远低于亚洲国家, 给投资者的融资带来了很大的方便。第三,加元贬值,人民币升值,中国投资者的资金價值實質上膨胀了。第四, 政府計劃引進對加拿大經濟更有利的移民群體。 除了各省政府的省提名移民項目繼續生效之外,聯邦政府目前正着手推出两个新项目以取代被腰砍的投资和企业家移民项目,包括投资移民风险投资基金(Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund) 和商业技术项目。

 

           这些新的移民项目将会为大温地区的商业房地產带来新的生机。因为接管本地的退休生意成了这一批梦想要移民的家庭的唯一出路。 有很多生意都超過200万加元,有一定的风险, 投资者需要全身心地投入,符合移民项目的要求。投资者经营的生意为本地带来就业机会,为政府带来税收,创造生产力。也有机会引进或融合外国的技术,得以作出对生产的改良和创新等。 这项 移民计划,将会为加拿大的经济带来积极的影响。

         

          最後, 由於最新超級簽證的推出, 大量的投資者可以很容易地進入加拿大長期居留, 最長達9 年。 即使他們不移民,也能夠實現投資和定居加拿大夢想。最重要的一點是,加拿大歡迎不同國籍人士的投資,沒有任何歧視。所以移民政策不會對房地產投資帶來任何負面影響。

 

          由於商業地產投資涉及層面較複雜,資金需求亦較大,特別需要找 一位俱備商業地產方面專業及經驗的顧問作指引,梁先生願意將他的心得與有需要的朋友分享。聯絡電話:604-6446482。

照片說明:梁國權先生(左)接受Re/Max 2013年加西商業地產業績第四名獎狀



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Excellent Development Property! Private 9.994 Acres land located at 24th Ave and 161St in Grandview, a prosperous neighborhood with dense commercial units and plenty of community facilities, such as schools, parks, large shopping centers and famous restaurants.  All within walking distance. Easy access to White Rock and  the United States boarder through highway 99 (exit 8A). Among the dense residential area, this property is currently a nursery operated by Japan Bonsai Garden Art who can move out anytime. The adjacent acreage site to its east will be developed into a townhouse complex with over 200 units. A new Super Store is being built at its adjacent lot to its west. All city services are available nearby.  This property is supported by the most updated NCP to rezone to the Multiple Residential Use which allows 30-45 units per acre.  It has the potential to build apartment buildings on this property.  Don't miss this opportunity! 

 

Property Information

Address:16172 24th, Surrey,  BC
Legal:        PL 5524 LT 3 LD 36 SEC 13 TWP 1 Part NW 1/4, Mfg Home Reg. #96732 
P.I.D.:        002-633-795 
Zoning:        One Acre Residential Zone 
Lot Size:         9.994 Acres  (approx. 340 SF X 1295 SF) 
               
Assessment (2012)
Land$31,381
Improvement$319,700
Actual Total$351,081 
Gross Tax (2012):$1870.94  
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