Fortress successfully acquires the Collier Centre development in Barrie

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Fortress Collier Centre Ltd. ("Fortress Collier"), an affiliate of Fortress Real Developments Inc. ("Fortress"), announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of the Collier Centre project in downtown Barrie. Following court approval last week, all conditions were met, allowing Fortress Collier to purchase the property and secure complete control of the project. Financial terms of the purchase have not yet been released.

Vince Petrozza, COO at Fortress spearheaded the process and relied on the collaboration of both internal and external personnel. He stated, "This acquisition was made possible through the incredibly talented Fortress team who brings expertise from multiple disciplines to assess, process, plan and execute on the many facets of this transaction. Financing, construction and legal were all integral parts of helping win and close this bid."

The project began construction in September 2012 and is already 65% complete, but came under distress in November 2014. According to the court-appointed monitor's reports, over $7 million was unaccounted for in the project by the previous developer. Frank Margani, Executive VP at Fortress stressed, "This was an incredibly challenging process that was exacerbated by a very troubling situation left behind by those before us. Our team was resilient in executing a sound plan to protect and improve this asset on behalf of all stakeholders. This represents the fourth transaction with this former developer in which a Fortress affiliate has successfully worked out a distressed project."

Fortress sees this site as one with tremendous value as a marquee mixed-use development in the City of Barrie. "Our mortgage brokers and agents are pleased to pass this news on to the syndicate mortgage lenders in this project. We are impressed with the commitment Fortress has demonstrated time and again in getting projects back on track," stated Ildina Galati, Mortgage Broker at Centro Mortgage Inc.

With the acquisition now complete, Fortress Collier plans to restart construction immediately, and have trades people and suppliers back on site starting this week. Full financing for the project is in place from Morrison Financial Mortgage Corporation with the timeline to complete the building on a planned construction schedule of about 12 to 14 months. "We are thrilled to have awarded the contract to complete Collier Centre and LakeView Condominiums to EllisDon, one of Canada's top builders. This project needs to be finished in a timely fashion with quality workmanship and EllisDon can deliver exactly that," remarked Jawad Rathore, President and CEO of Fortress. "EllisDon is excited to be part of the project team, our team is mobilized and ready to commence work. We look forward to working with Fortress on this project" added Kieran Hawe, Senior Vice President/Toronto Area Manager for EllisDon.

With more than 70 projects across Canada under construction, under development or already completed, Fortress continues to show its leadership and vision in the industry. Rathore added, "This was not an easy deal. From the outset it was plagued by every conceivable issue. We were ready to close in August, but had to arrange a new financing package. This was a total team effort between our management team, legal counsel, lenders and all the dedicated professionals that support our business. We are thrilled to have acquired this asset and look forward to move-in day for the wonderful commercial and retail tenants, and the residential condominium owners. From takeover to makeover, this is going to be an amazing addition to downtown Barrie."

About the Companies

Fortress Collier Centre Ltd. – This single purpose entity owns the Collier Centre & LakeView Condominium development in Downtown Barrie.

Fortress Real Developments Inc. - Fortress Real Developments Inc. is a Canadian real estate development company that seeks out and analyzes opportunities in major Canadian markets. The company is focused on quality projects with recognizable alpha in residential low-rise, high-rise, commercial and industrial market segments. For more information on Fortress projects, visit: http://fortressrealdevelopments.com.

SOURCE Fortress Real Developments

For further information: Media Contact: Natasha Alibhai, Fortress Real Developments, Natasha@Fortressrdi.com, Phone: (905) 787-9266 ext. 235

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