Forge & Foster is a Hamilton-based commercial real estate investment management company that acquires properties with significant value-add opportunities and brings a new perspective to realize potential.
In west Hamilton, its live-work-play district ANNEX is located next to McMaster Innovation Park and close to downtown Hamilton. It is ready for tenants in biotech, medical, hospitality, advanced manufacturing, and beyond.
“The real estate here had great bones,” says Dane Kerstens, partner and chief financial officer at Forge & Foster.
“We’re committed to creating places where people want to be, not just for a day but for their careers. It’s a much more vibrant, active area now.”
At Hamilton’s West Harbour, Forge & Foster has partnered with Aeon Studio Group and TAS to explore the development of the Bayfront Studio District, a 14-acre mixed use film and creative arts district.
In February, the district’s centrepiece Aeon Bayfront Studios opened its 80,000-square-foot studio, a key hub in Hamilton’s film cluster, which is the third largest in Canada.
Nearby, Forge & Foster has space available at a landmark brick and beam building at 231 Bay St. N. Built in 1915, it is just steps away from the West Harbour GO station. There’s also space nearby at 29 Harriet St., a historic building that Forge & Foster is reviving. The location is ideal for businesses looking for a professional office space, flex space, or a work area.
“As a workplace, these locations have the right combination of character and amenities to attract top talent from all over the GTA, including those who commute from places like Oakville or Burlington,” says Kerstens.
On Lewis Dr. in Stoney Creek, Forge & Foster has space available with prime exposure to the QEW. It is ideal for commercial recreation, entertainment, a medical clinic, studio space, and more.
And in Hamilton’s Victorian small town of Dundas, Forge & Foster is restoring the historic Dundas Millworks as a creative district. Established in 1850, this sprawling brick and beam building is now home to a growing collective of creative makers, shared working space, and it plays host to a number of prominent film and television projects.