Vancouver’s Industrial Concierge

Supporting Space Sharing Among Industrial Startups

The City’s capacity to accommodate light industrial uses is shrinking; industrial land values, lease rates and property taxes are rising; and demand for industrial space is at an all time high. The Concierge Service is designed to activate underutilized industrial space to help save money, share resources, and increase opportunities for collaboration.

Industrial Space by the Numbers

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  • 1.6% vacancy rate for light industrial space in Vancouver
  • $26 per square foot average gross lease rate for light industrial space
  • 70% of businesses in Vancouver lease space

Introducing the Industrial Concierge Service

The Industrial Concierge Service is addressing industrial space challenges in Vancouver by activating underutilized industrial spaces and simplifying the collocation process for industrial operators.

1

Identify Underutilized Spaces
Spaces available in a functioning facility, spaces that are temporarily vacant due to potential redevelopment, and spaces which are used as storage but could be utilized more effectively.

2

Find Complementary Businesses
Through our partners at Spacelist, our network of businesses, BIA’s and industry associations, industrial research, and impact entrepreneurs.

3

Make Some Matches
Matches made on basis of space needs, capacity building, opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing, timing, and desires of landowners.

4

Facilitate Space Sharing Permits & Processes
Engaging CoV Building Services, helping establish building governance structures and financing models, and facilitating decision making processes.

 

Projects

Some of Our Work

The MILL is a shared operating space for deconstruction, remanufacturing, and upcycling businesses to share knowledge, equipment, and resources and encourage the salvage and reuse of building materials.

The Flea Market is opening up additional space in its facility for local artist and artisan production space.

Nestworks is a family friendly coworking space for product designers, developers, and small businesses working in apparel, soft goods, and cosmetics.

 

How We Assist You

Meet our Industrial Concierge
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Hashir Safi

About

VEC’s first Industrial Concierge, Hashir Safi, is responsible for identifying underutilized industrial spaces in Vancouver and simplifying and facilitating the industrial space sharing process. A graduate of the UBC Vancouver School of Economics and UBC Sauder School of Business, Hashir brings a fresh approach to addressing Vancouver’s industrial space challenges.

As Industrial Concierge, Hashir Safi facilitates industrial space sharing projects by finding and activating underutilized industrial spaces; working with businesses and landowners to navigate partnership agreements, leasing terms, and permitting and licensing; engaging service providers to navigate technical space sharing challenges; building governance structures and financing models for these projects.

Aside from space sharing projects, Hashir works with the industrial business community to better understand their biggest challenges, trends affecting their businesses, and to identify opportunities for reducing costs and environmental footprint through resource sharing and taking collective action on environmental challenges.

Contact the Industrial Concierge

Please complete the following form if you have underutilized space or are looking for light industrial space

Further Reading: Industrial Insights Report | Vancouver 2018

 

Industrial Insights | Vancouver 2018

Published: June 27, 2018
Author: Pietra Basilij
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