“We’re quite excited about Pearson Corporate Centre, given its location within the airport employment zone,” said Crown investments partner Emily Hanna. “Any employer looking to be within proximity to its workforce would be enticed to this node, which has the largest concentration of employees aside from downtown Toronto.
“The Greater Toronto Airports Authority has exciting plans for a transit mega hub and for enhancing the position of Pearson airport, all of which bode extremely well for this node.”
What Pearson Corporate Centre offers
The 305,446-square-foot Pearson Corporate Centre is located on 9.7 acres that front Highway 27 at 10 and 20 Carlson Court. It consists of two mid-rise buildings, built in 1985 and 1989, respectively, which are connected by a central atrium. Crown will also be the property manager of the class-A complex, which was renovated early this year.
“With the recent renovations at the complex, including lobby renovations and the addition of an on-site café/restaurant, wellness centre and fully equipped fitness facility and town hall meeting space, Pearson Corporate Centre is truly a best-in-class office complex in the GTA West,” said Hanna.
“It offers tenants in the node top-quality facilities, accessibility and is in close proximity to Pearson International Airport, not to mention the extensive amenities nearby.”
Those nearby amenities include a number of retail and restaurant options as well as hotels which offer additional meeting and conference space.
Pearson Corporate Centre leasing
“There’s 45,000 square feet of space currently vacant, with a further 15 per cent of leases coming due within the first three years,” said Hanna. “Current leasing availability includes a 25,000-square-foot, ground-floor opportunity which we intend to retrofit to flex office space, much like the space we offered at 1004 Middlegate.”
Crown will also market a full floor of approximately 15,000 square feet of traditional office space and 4,000 square feet of ground-floor space with direct access to the exterior.
“Crown provides quality premises and excellent services to companies that lease space and operate their businesses within our buildings, and is known for bringing a unique management twist to suburban buildings.”
Pearson Corporate Centre recently achieved LEED Gold certification under the LEED 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance classification due to sustainable building initiatives and retrofits which improved energy and water efficiency performance.
Indoor air quality standards are well-maintained and regularly tested, resulting in decreased employee absenteeism, according to Hanna.
“It is certain that all these sustainability initiatives assist in attracting discerning tenants who wish to provide their employees with top-quality space. Crown intends to operate the building in a sustainable and efficient manner and will also enroll in energy efficiency programs, such as the Toronto Hydro OPsaver program,” Hanna said.
“Our sustainability team will conduct regular energy audits to continually seek out ways of improving the property’s operational efficiency.”
Crown Realty IV Limited Partnership
Pearson Corporate Centre is the fourth acquisition made on behalf of Crown’s value-add fund, Crown Realty IV Limited Partnership, which has raised $234 million in equity and has $130 million remaining to purchase additional properties.
“We are seeking well-located office assets with some vacancy, physical or leasing issues,” Hanna said of future plans for the fund. “We are focused on the GTA, but do have the ability to invest outside of the GTA and are always looking to markets like Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton for opportunities as well.”
Crown, which was founded in 2001, is an integrated investment and management firm that acquires, manages and develops commercial real estate assets in Canada. It has millions of square feet and billions of dollars of assets under management.