Manatee School Board may finally OK Checkers property sale

eearl@bradenton.comSeptember 4, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County School Board will once again Monday consider the sale of the district's Bill Owens Annex, better know as the Checkers property.

The property housed the school district Human Resources Department on what once was the location of a Checkers Drive-In Restaurant.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the sale of the property to Cincinnati-based Route 32 Investments LLC for $2 million.

The Bill Owens Annex is a 65,210-square-foot commercial property on the corner of Manatee Avenue and First Street West.

The school board approved listing the property as sur

plus in July 2010.

Under the proposal, Route 32 Investments will have a 60-day due diligence period, and must close on the property no later than 30 days after that time.

Richard Herndon, attorney for Route 32 Investments, said Tuesday he was not able to comment on Route 32 investment plans for the property as the contract is still pending.

Tim Polk, director of planning and community for the city of Bradenton, said Tuesday a site plan for the property has not been submitted. Polk said he hopes a national retailer moves into the location.

The school board approved a $1.65 million offer on the property from Blackrock Development in May. However, Blackrock Development terminated the contract after deciding the space was not suitable for its plans for a PDQ, a casual, quick-service restaurant whose menu mainly features chicken.

School board chairwoman Karen Carpenter said she is greatly anticipating the sale of the property.

"It is a great property, and whoever gets it will have fun with it," Carpenter said.

The revenue from the sale will go into the school district general fund to cover day-to-day operating expenses such as employee salaries and benefits and utilities.

The school board plans to vote at the meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Monday.

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