The Lower Mainland's Industrial Real Estate Crunch

Written on Monday, May 5th, 2014
The Lower Mainland's Industrial Real Estate Crunch

Originally published in BC Business.

As developers face new demands from global logistics firms and run up against finite resources, it’s time to move beyond old debates about warehouses versus crops and find innovative ways to accommodate industry on scarce land.

There were high-fives all around last December when Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone presided over the long-awaited opening of the South Fraser Perimeter Road. After five years of construction, a key piece of the puzzle was finally in place, transforming the Lower Mainland into a transportation hub that would link our ports and rail yards with manufacturers, exporters and consumers the world over.

There’s just one problem, though. As we build our transportation infrastructure, we also need land—and lots of it—to manufacture, store and sort all those materials and goods that are moving through our province. And land is at a distinct premium in the Lower Mainland.

Industry was long ago squeezed out of prime urban waterfront real estate by commercial and residential development: the sawmills that once lined the shores of False Creek and Coal Harbour have been replaced by forests of condos and offices. Forced to the urban periphery, industrial developers are now feeling the squeeze as they run up against agricultural land, much of it preserved by legislation.

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New switches installed at Ashcroft Terminal

Written on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
New switches installed at Ashcroft Terminal

Originally Published in the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

Ashcroft Terminal began a new stage over the weekend as new switches were installed to divert rail cars onto sidings on the industrial property.

“It means we can quintuple our capacity,” said owner Bob Landucci on Oct. 12 as he watched heavy equipment remove a section of CP rails to make way for the premade section of rail containing the switch,, worth about $600,000. “We’ve been waiting for this for seven years.”

Until now, CP has had to park its cars on the main rail as they were being loaded or unloaded, which lead to cars sitting on the track in Ashcroft, sometimes for long periods of time.

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Hands off farmland, Metro Vancouver tells port

Written on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Hands off farmland, Metro Vancouver tells port

Metro Vancouver directors are calling on the port authority to agree not to turn scarce farmland into more shipping terminals.

The port is redrawing its land use plan and has proposed to designate six special study areas – four in Richmond, one in Pitt Meadows and one in Vancouver – that could be considered for future port-related use.

Metro's regional planning and agriculture committee voted Tuesday to object to any potential future use of agricultural land by for port purposes.

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Delta Backs Inland Port Option

Written on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
Photo by Delta Optimist

Civic officials from Delta are planning a visit to Ashcroft Terminal. In an article in the Delta Optimist, it was noted that Delta civic officials support the option of an inland port at Ashcroft as it will help to preserve farmland adjacent to Roberts Bank. The fact-finding tour will take place in a couple of weeks. It's the latest effort by Delta to convince those looking at port expansion at Roberts Bank that the Ashcroft inland terminal proposal remains a viable alternative. Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington was wise to point out that Europe presently makes extensive use of inland ports in order to relieve the industrial pressure on their marine terminals and agrees that it is time Port Metro Vancouver also decided to move in that direction.

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Ashcroft Terminal Considered Major Container Storage and Distribution Centre

Written on Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Ashcroft Terminal Considered Major Container Storage and Distribution Centre

Ashcroft Terminal was featured in the Vancouver Sun this week in regards to a fact-finding missing that Metro Vancouver’s port, rail, and trucking officials have scheduled to gauge its suitability as the site of a potential inland distribution park for Asia-Pacific container traffic.  The mission is slated for April 9th and will include Delta Mayor Lois Jackson, who has been pushing Port Metro Vancouver to find other locations for port-related activities so it doesn't turn to agricultural land in Metro Vancouver.

Asia-Pacific container traffic expected to increase 300 per cent by 2020. Ashcroft Terminal is the meeting point of both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific trains, with up to 57 CP and CN trains travelling through the site each day and the site itself has over 300 acres of industrial land. Naturally, Ashcroft Terminal is ideally situated with the capacity to support this expected growth.

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