Spanier Group In The News 

As a thought leader in our industry, Spanier Group has been frequently quoted in publications on various industry trends and placemaking strategies on large scale mixed-use developments.  The following are a handful of recent publications in the form of editorials and interviews that Spanier Group is featured in.

Articles

Storeys: What Does the Future of GTA Living Look Like? To Start, 20,000 Neighbours…

“My belief on mixed-use development and true placemaking is that people are going to vote with their feet … And that could be, for some people, third generation children wanting to live next to their parents or grandparents. So, in Vaughan, there’s all this opportunity, the same in Mississauga.” - Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group

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Storeys: Experience - and thus retail - play big role in mixed-use success

"I have a fundamental belief that a smaller retail footprint with large and more generous outdoor spaces that complement indoor space and drive sales is the way to go. We're looking for a mix of independent, non-national, best-in-class retailers. That doesn't mean we'll be ignoring or negating national users, but they will have to align to our vision." - Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group

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Storeys: What Does the Future of Amenities Look Like in a Post-COVID World?

“To be a [single-family] home owner in the GTA is a serious investment,” says Rob Spanier, President of The Spanier Group, a mixed-use development and placemaking advisor. That often unattainable investment (the current average price of a detached home in the GTA is over $1.7M), or simply a desire to live hassle-free, causes many people to turn to condo ownership or renting. And this is a competitive space, where buyers and renters have a multitude of choices."

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Colliers: National Retail Report Year End 2020

“Our strategy embraces ongoing changes to the retail landscape and is employing approaches to embed the right conditions for success for future businesses in the Lakeview Village community. A curated and dynamic retail experience will be central to the entire development. It is our vision that Lakeview Village will be a place where retail businesses thrive.” - Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group

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REMI Network: Reinventing the suburbs as vibrant "edge cities"

“Explosive growth in the GTA has been contained within an ecological greenbelt,” said moderator Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group and Chair of the Advisory Board at the Urban Land Institute, Toronto District Council. “To accommodate the more than 100,000 new residents per year and the associated economic expansion, municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas have been advancing the development of their urban centres in a way that will ultimately deliver a series of vibrant edge cities.”

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Storeys: Getting in on the ground floor: Where a building connects to the city

"We may think we’re looking for things we buy when we go shopping, but what we really want is an experience" - Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group

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Real Estate News Exchange: Getting mixed-use projects right

“Great cities and great developments never end. One of the fundamental mistakes made over the past 25 years is that disposable real estate became the flavour of the decade. A Walmart is a disposable asset. It has a shelf life and a redevelopment opportunity. But when you’re dealing with apartments, in theory the time horizon is much longer.” - Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group

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Videos

ULI: The Art of Bouncing Back- How developers and artists are setting the stage for recovery

Matrix360: RealLeader Series- Jennifer Keesmat & Rob Spanier

The Behar Group: Rob Spanier in Conversation with Avi Behar

IHMC: Beyond the Buildings