Ottawa industrial vacancy rate tightens to 3.7%

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Another decline in the local industrial market vacancy rate is pushing some tenants to consider repurposing retail space or constructing new buildings on Ottawa’s outskirts, Colliers International says in a new report.

The real estate services firm said Monday that Ottawa’s industrial vacancy rate declined to 3.7 per cent at the close of 2017, down from 3.9 per cent in the third quarter.

That was driven in part by several large leases in southeast Ottawa, including 57,044 square feet at 2400 Sheffield Rd.

In its quarterly market report, Colliers said some space users who are having trouble finding appropriate buildings are looking for creative solutions.

“With limited supply in several sub-markets, these large users may open up their options and look at abandoned big box retail locations to set up shop in,” the firm said.

Colliers added that another alternative is new construction in suburban areas outside the core, such as Vars and Kanata.