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Two federal office buildings are sitting vacant in Ottawa with an uncertain future, the Ottawa Business Journal reported.

Two CMHC Office Buildings Sit Vacant in Ottawa

Two federal office buildings are sitting vacant in Ottawa while facing an uncertain future, the Ottawa Business Journal reported.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation owns the buildings, known as A and B, which span about about 223,000 square feet altogether and are located on the federal agency’s Montreal Road campus.

The three-storey buildings became vacant after CMHC moved 1,050 employees into Building C, which comprises 205,000 sf alone, as part of a consolidation. Building C spaces are not dedicated office units; instead, they are booked and shared by employees, including executives, CMHC spokeswoman Brie Martin told OBJ.

β€œThis flexible approach allows us to use the available space more efficiently,” she wrote in an email.

She said CMHC is still trying to match the buildings’ uses with its mandate and objectives. Meanwhile, as OBJ also reported, BGIS is listing space in Building A and Building B to prospective tenants.

Susan Best, a Halifax-based broker, is co-ordinating the listings for BGIS.

The two vacancies come while the federal government plans to convert more of its office buildings into apartments as Canada grapples with a chronic housing shortage.

Photo: BGIS


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Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s. In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star. Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.

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