An anonymous trustee reports
BTB ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF A PROPERTY IN DOWNTOWN MONTREAL
BTB Real Estate Investment Trust has acquired a mixed-use property (with a retail and an office component) strategically located at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Crescent streets, more specifically at 1327 to 1333 Saint-Catherine St. West and 1411 Crescent St. in Montreal.
With a total leasable area of approximately 31,000 square feet, this $25.2-million acquisition, excluding transaction fees, brings to 72 the number of properties owned by the trust. This acquisition is in line with the conclusions of BTB's strategic review, selling its smaller properties or its properties located in smaller markets, while purchasing larger properties or properties located in larger markets in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario to maximize the trust's financial performance.
BTB's growth and the increase of the number of employees caused the trust to sell its head office, and in the coming fall, the trust will relocate its operation in this recently acquired property. BTB will be an important occupant of this property, strategically located in downtown Montreal.
REal Estate Investment Trust
BTB is an important owner of properties in Eastern Canada. BTB now owns 72 retail, office and industrial properties for a total leasable area of more than 5.4 million square feet. BTB's asset value is approximately $790-million. The objectives of BTB are: (i) to increase its revenues from its assets to increase distributable income and therefore finance distributions; (ii) to maximize the value of its assets through dynamic management of its properties to sustain the long-term value of its units; and (iii) to generate cash distributions that are fiscally beneficial to unitholders.
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