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The Winds of Change

The Windsor brings new era of modernity to underdeveloped Elbow Drive corner.

By Pepper Rodriguez – CondoLiving

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Arlington announces sales to First Capital Realty Inc.

Arlington Street Investments (“ASI”) is proud to announce the successful completion of the sale of its retail center to First Capital Realty Inc. (TSX: FCR). 

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Frank Lonardelli celebrates five years of success with Arlington Street Investments

Building a Calgary for the Future

Frank Lonardelli and his staff at Arlington Street Investments (ASI) are celebrating five successful years since he launched the firm. Lonardelli is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist, a three-time PCMA commercial real estate deal of the year award winner and a Business in Calgary Leaders Award winner, but his ambitious business career didn’t start that way and began many years ago in Winnipeg dating back to the time he graduated from Gordon Bell High School.

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Ron Poon Joins the Arlington Team

After 39 years in the profession, Ron Poon – one of Calgary’s best-known and respected architects – has retired from the company where he has been an integral part of the leadership team and has taken on a new development role with fast-growing Arlington Street Investments.

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The Fifth Rendering

Parker: Arlington Street builds on people- friendly focus of 17th Avenue

The corner of 5th Street and 17th Avenue S.W. is destined to become a major people intersection.

Arlington Street Investments already owns the building that houses National on 17th and Ricardo’s Hideway, which along with the neighbouring Ship & Anchor Pub have become destinations for a good time. The company now has plans to develop the west side of 5th Street on land now occupied by Wave Coffee Shop and a parking lot. 

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Arlington Street Investments Founder and CEO Frank Lonardelli shortlisted for EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the year award

After accepting a prestigious Business in Calgary Leaders Award on June 29, 2016 amongst a small group of fellow entrepreneurs from the Calgary business community, he was named as one of four finalists for the EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Prairies Region on July 6.

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The Appeal of Office and Professional Condos

A Barclay Street Real Estate Brief - June 2016

ASI's Windsor Project was recently featured in a Barclay Street Real Estate Brief case study demonstrating the benefits of buying versus leasing office space. 

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Business In Calgary Leaders: Frank Londardelli, Arlington Street Investments

We are pleased to announce that ASI's President and CEO, Frank Londardelli has won a 2016 Business In Calgary Leaders Award.

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Parker: Romanowski takes on new role with Arlington Street

Calgary Herald - June 3, 2016 

Ed Romanowski has enjoyed an exciting and successful real estate career spanning three decades.  I first met him in 1994 when he contracted architect Jeremy Sturgess to design his Waterton Lakes Lodge. Since then he has been involved in development, construction, business operations and management consulting. 

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Arlington Street Investments Secures Former Brookfield Executive to Lead its Operations

Ed Romanowski joins Arlington Street Investments as Chief Operating Officer. 

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Calgary Herald - May 13, 2016

Frank Lonardelli, founder and CEO of Arlington Street Investments, some time ago set his sights on owning more property on 17th Avenue S.W. as it became available. He is well on his way, following another acquisition in the prime block east of 8th Street S.W.

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With a steady trickle of Calgary downturn jitters, particularly on the topic of commercial real estate, the innovations and successes of Arlington Street Investments are refreshing examples of local business positivity.

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Arlington Street Investments (ASI) has closed a five property deal along the 800 block of 17th Avenue SW, including the longstanding, family-owned restaurant Buon Giorno.

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PCMA MEMBER PROFILE: Frank Lonardelli, Arlington Street Investments

Private Capital Markets, Spring 2016

An in-depth Q&A with Frank Lonardelli, Arlington Street Investment's President and CEO, where he discusses all things from his first foray into business and how he has positioned his company in the private market to the challenges and opportunities he and other investors and developers face in today's climate.

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Business in Calgary, February 2016

In Canada’s growing private capital market – the business of trading in prospectus exempt securities, or any securities, to qualified exempt market clients and focusing on certain market sectors (such as oil and gas, real estate, minerals, technology) – Calgary-based Arlington Street Investments (ASI) continues to build on its solid reputation to achieve success. 

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ASI PCMA 2015 DealoftheYear


The Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) held its 4th Annual PCMA Private Capital Markets Conference and announced the winners of the 2015 PCMA Private Capital Markets Deals of the Year Awards on May 19th, 2015.

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By David Parker Calgary Herald, December 2014

Frank Lonardelli, president and CEO of Arlington Street Investments, felt entrepreneurial businesses would prefer to purchase their space and pay themselves the rent. He has been proven right as a whole floor and other pockets are under contract through Dan Harmsen of Barclay Street Real Estate, while the main floor retail has been fully leased through John Moss of CBRE.

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One of the biggest mistakes that investors make and certainly, I myself would be included in my early years of investing - is to not ask the fundamental question: "How do I get out?"

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Arlington Street Investments (ASI) continues to be recognized as one of Calgary's most dynamic and innovative real estate developers.

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Arlington Street Investments president and CEO Frank Lonardelli built the four-storey commercial tower on 8th Avenue S.W. just to the west of the Uptown Theatre block where his head office is housed.

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Private Market Financing Pays Off For Arlington Street

Arlington Street Investments (ASI) recently won a prestigious award for the financing and development of its Calgary Haiku property, continuing a run of success for the investment firm dedicated to acquiring profitable properties through private market financing.

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A Calgary-based real estate investment firm has ambitious plans to revitalize one of the busiest intersections in the Beltline.

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Arlington Wins Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year for Second Time

Arlington Street Investments (“ASI”) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Yearby the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (“PCMA”) on the financing syndication and development of the Haiku Management Limited Partnership (“Haiku”). 

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Getting it Right: Top Line Underwriting and the Capital Stack

By Frank Lonardelli Exempt Edge, Winter Issue 2014

This article addresses, on a high level, the best practices in underwriting (which are the fundamentals) or what we refer to as table stakes, and then it tackles the elusive capital stack and what that means for the investor.

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Business as Unusual

By Max Fawcett, Alberta Venture, November 2014

If you build it, they will come. It’s a foundational belief for supply side economists and hallucinatory Iowa corn farmers who have a troubled relationship with their father and a love for the game of baseball. But Frank Lonardelli? Not so much.

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Arlington Project Respects Community

By David Parker Calgary Herald, March 2014

This week, members of Calgary’s commercial real estate community will receive information to help them find tenants for Windsor, the Arlington Street Investment’s five-storey mixed use development to be built at 50th Avenue and Elbow Drive S.W.

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Exempt Markets: Rebuilding Credibility and Perception

Business in Calgary Magazine, Jan 2014

Exempt markets (EM) are one of Canada’s most misunderstood, sometimes controversial but increasingly popular sources of capital. The textbook definition cites EM as a segment of the capital markets for which certain exemptions are provided under provincial securities legislation.

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Under Construction: Why Alberta’s exempt market needs work

By Max Fawcett, Alberta Venture September 10, 2013

The province’s exempt market has been cleaned up considerably of late, but one of its insiders thinks there’s still more work to be done.

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Arlington Street Investments Snags Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year

Business in Calgary Magazine, June 2013

The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 EMDA Awards – Exempt Market Deals of the Year. The EMDA Awards are the only Canadian industry awards celebrating prominent exempt market transactions led by exempt market dealers.

See the article in Business in Calgary (Page 16) 

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Calgary investment company seeks out ‘languishing’ buildings

By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald, May 2013

CALGARY — A Calgary company is looking to buy ‘languishing’ buildings in the downtown and the Beltline for future investment opportunities. An example of Arlington Street Investments’ strategy is its 8th Avenue Limited Partnership, where it was created to raise investment funds that would be used to renovate, re-position and construct a new building at 718 8th Ave.

See the article in The Calgary Herald 

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Exempt Dealer honour illustrates Arlington Street’s winning strategy

By Paul Brent, Property Biz Canada, May 2013

This month’s win by Arlington Street Investments of Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year for a financing on a downtown Calgary building revamp illustrates the success of Arlington’s model.

See the article in the RENX website 

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Arlington Street Investments Wins EMDA Commercial Real Estate Deal of the Year

May 2013

Toronto, May 1, 2013 – The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 EMDA Awards – Exempt Market Deals of the Year which will be presented tomorrow at the 2013 EMDA Exempt Market Conference in Toronto, Ontario. The 2013 EMDA Awards are the only Canadian industry awards celebrating prominent exempt market transactions led by exempt market dealers.

See the article in the PCMA website

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Developments Keep Ollenberger Busy

By David Parker, Calgary Herald March 2013

"I have been asked a number of times if I knew what Chris Ollenberger was doing since he left his position as president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Authority (CMLC)."

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Thinking Small Can Be A Big Idea

By David Parker Calgary Herald, October 2012

“A number of office towers are being built, or are in various stages of planning, within the downtown and Beltline districts. A pedestrian in the core will notice lots of activity that will eventually offer large floor plates and opportunities for companies wanting to lease areas of stacked contiguous space."

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Risky Business

By Joel Schlesinger, Winnipeg Free Press, March 2010

“Looking at Frank Lonardelli’s track record over the last 15 years, it’s not difficult to realize the former Winnipegger has a natural talent for real estate speculation."

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Arlington back in building business

By David Parker Calgary Herald, January 2010

“When I talked with Frank Lonardelli, the conversation naturally turned to his growing up in Winnipeg.

The president and CEO of Arlington Street Investments was raised in an Italian immigrant family home. After his father died, his mother, who spoke no English at the time, provided for Frank and his three sisters.”

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He wants to help others the way others helped him

By Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press, June 2009

"This afternoon at Westminster United Church, a tall man in a suit will stand before the graduating students at Gordon Bell High School and deliver a speech in the form of a short story. A short story that took a long time to finally tell."

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