Bradenton Kiwanis Hall sold to investor

Club moved to Manatee Performing Arts Center Aug. 6

cschelle@bradenton.comAugust 27, 2013 

The Bradenton Kiwanis Club met July 30 for the last time in the hall on the corner of 14th Street and 21st Avenue where they've been meeting for more than 50 years.TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald

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BRADENTON -- The former home to the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton has been sold to a Long Island company with ties to Southwest Florida.

The club, 1401 21st Ave. W., sold with a Kiwanis-owned lot at 2121 14th St. W., for $275,000 to Swift Kiwan LLC, a Mill Creek, N.Y., company managed by Vincent Crisci, according to property records. The Kiwanis building was valued at $404,990 this year, and the adjacent property was also valued this year at $52,950, according to property appraiser records.

Crisci declined to be interviewed for this story. Crisci owns several residential and commercial holdings in the area, including the Palma Sola Square shopping center anchored by Sweetbay and Starbucks on Manatee Avenue.

The Kiwanis Club moved out of its home of 50-plus years July 30 to space inside the Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave W. The Arts Center has a special Kiwanis wing that includes a ballroom, seating for 300 people, performing arts space and a kitchen.

Kiwanis is an international nonprofit with individual clubs that raise money for community programs and endeavors, mainly with children in mind. The Kiwanis donated more than $1 million to help pay for the Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Kiwanis Club President David Bishop said after cleaning out the building, it was "surreal that we're not going to be there anymore."

"In a lot of ways we're moving forward, so it feels good we're in our new home downtown," Bishop said.

Bishop is unsure what the buyer plans, but hopes it will continue to benefit the neighborhood.

"The building is going to serve the local community well," Bishop said. "That's how we're leaving it from our perspective, but from the seller there's not going to be a guarantee what's going to be there."

On Tuesday Manatee County commissioners Tuesday are expected to consider Crisci's bid of $401,813 for surplus county property at 530 13th St. W. The building dates to 1922 and was previously called the Bradenton Office Center, according to the county website.

Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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