Bradenton's Kiwanis Hall still on the market

nwilliams@bradenton.comJanuary 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- Located just south of downtown Bradenton and west of the Village of the Arts, Kiwanis Hall is situated in a prime area for business development.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton are hoping the location at 1401 21st Ave. W. will help in the sale of the 60-year-old building, which has been on the market since September.

The facility is currently on the market for $490,000, which includes an empty lot on the east side of 14th Street West across from the building.

"It's a good location," said John Vita, the organization's chairman of past presidents and long-range planning committee. "It's got its parking, it has ample room inside the building and a few years ago, it was updated, resurfaced and retextured. It's in very nice shape."

Vita said interest has been slow, but also steady.

"We've had a couple of things that could be workable, but we're not in any huge rush so there are some things we can circle and come back to."

The organization could have donated the property to a charity or nonprofit organization, as it did with the property purchase on 14th Street West for United Way in 1984, but it is listed on the market as commercial real estate.

"We have it on the market for any commercial business," said David Bishop, president-elect for Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. "It's zoned for commercial. It could be small office or retail. It's hard to predict what it'll become."

Proceeds from a sale will go towards repaying a loan from the city of Bradenton for the construction of the new Manatee Performing Arts Center in downtown Bradenton.

Kiwanis Hall opened in 1953. The last event held at the building was a luncheon featuring Florida Department of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam on Dec. 5.

"We just want to get good value for the property," Bishop said. "We hope it sells."

Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams

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