CALGARY, December 4, 2008
– Brookfield Properties Corporation (BPO: NYSE, TSX) and its Canadian-based subsidiary, BPO Properties Ltd. (BPP: TSX), today announced that Imperial Oil has renewed its lease and expanded its premises by 83,670 square feet at Fifth Avenue Place in Calgary.
Imperial Oil currently leases 633,000 square feet at the 1.7-million-square-foot office complex, which is now 100% leased. With the expansion, the new lease is for 717,000 square feet, expiring in April 2016.
“Imperial Oil’s decision to renew and expand at Fifth Avenue Place is yet another example of a major energy sector tenant choosing to stay long term in downtown Calgary,” said Tom Farley, president and COO of Canadian Commercial Operations at Brookfield Properties. “The office market in Calgary continues to thrive and this deal – similar to our renewal and expansion with Petro-Canada two months ago – is an important indicator of the economic strength of Calgary and the province of Alberta.”
In October, Brookfield Properties announced that Petro-Canada had renewed and expanded its lease at Petro-Canada Centre to over one million square feet through 2028. Brookfield Properties owns and manages eight properties in downtown Calgary encompassing over six million square feet. Brookfield’s Calgary portfolio is 100% leased.
The two-tower Fifth Avenue Place complex, which Brookfield has owned and operated since 1996, is easily identified in downtown Calgary by its alternating vision glass and spandrel panels on all exposures. The complex features a large outdoor park with fountains, a reflecting pool and public seating. It encompasses the entire city block defined by 4th Avenue SW, 5th Avenue SW, 1st Street SW and 2nd Street SW, has on-site retail and three levels of parking.
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About Brookfield Properties Corporation
One of North America's largest commercial real estate companies, Brookfield Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in major U.S. and Canadian cities. The portfolio is comprised of interests in 108 properties totaling 74 million square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa. Landmark assets include the World Financial Center in Manhattan, Brookfield Place in Toronto, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles and Bankers Hall in Calgary. The company also holds interests in over 16 million square feet of high-quality, centrally located development and redevelopment properties in its major markets. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldproperties.com
About BPO Properties Ltd.
BPO Properties Ltd., 89% owned by Brookfield Properties Corporation, is a Canadian company that invests in real estate, focusing on the ownership and value enhancement of premier office properties. The current property portfolio is comprised of 27 commercial properties totaling 18.1 million square feet and five development sites totaling 5.7 million square feet. Landmark properties include First Canadian Place in Toronto and Bankers Hall in Calgary. BPO Properties’ common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol BPP. For more information, visit www.bpoproperties.com
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