MANATEE -- Folks flying to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport now can upsize their vehicle rental and get an RV to roam the Sunshine State.
The former Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center located beside the airport has become La Mesa RV Center.
The 120,000-square foot building with 17 acres of land was leased from owner Oscar Parsons this month, according to Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group.
The convention center, 8005 15th St. E, closed three months ago after being open for nearly a decade. It was previously a former Sam's Club, and Parsons, 90, told the Herald that he could never make a go of the space due to lack of support from officials in both Sarasota and Manatee counties. Critics of the space, including neighboring hoteliers, said the event space lacked meeting areas, which was critical for business.
Now, some of the finest motor homes will be on showcase. La Mesa is one of the largest RV sales and service companies in the country. The San Diego-based business has three other outlets in Florida, including Fort Myers, Orlando and West Palm Beach.
The RV center sales department is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and can be reached at 1-888-509-4199.
Two commercial properties sell
Two other commercial properties in the area will see new life.
In Lakewood Ranch, John Balliett, chairman and CEO of Charter One Hotels & Resorts, is relocating his business after purchasing about 9,000 square feet of office space at 6731 Professional Parkway West for $1.3 million, according to property records.
The company operates hotels in New York, North Carolina, Ohio plus seven hotels along the Suncoast, including the Holiday Inn Express Bradenton East-Lakewood Ranch. The company's former headquarters at 2032 Hillview St., Sarasota, sold for $700,000 in May.
The former RBC Bank, 9105 Town Center Parkway, in San Marco Plaza also sold for $4.7 million. The branch closed after RBC was acquired by PNC, and has remained vacant since.
The 4,562-square-foot building was purchased
by Genevieve Properties LLC, registered to Miguel Siman, using the address of a warehouse in Doral, according to property records.
Palma Sola complex sells
The Palma Sola Bay Club is now in the hands of the Sarasota developer who built Golden Gate Pointe.
The condo complex, 3410 77th St. W, sold for $5.7 million to Prospect Bradenton Investments, LLC, whose owners include Ed Rymer and Mark Filburn.
Rymer built the Golden Gate Point condos in downtown Sarasota and also partnered on the Holiday Cove RV Park in Cortez. Filburn serves as house counsel for Prospect Property Group.
In addition to the 31-acre, nine-unit development, about two acres were also deeded over to the new owners, according to property records.