BRADENTON -- One of downtown Bradenton's oldest office buildings has sold to an investor who is shy about his identity.
The Bradenton Herald Corporate Center, a three-story converted office structure at 1111 Third Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton, sold for just under $3.2 million Aug. 7. The buyer, The River View Complex LLC, purchased the multi-owner building in two transactions, paying about $2.4 million for two floors owned by Miller Enterprises of Manatee, and $794,880 for a third floor set of offices owned by Riverview Center Associates. Both sellers are based in Bradenton.
According to state corporate records, the buyer's company is managed by Kerkering Barberio, an accounting, investments and pension firm in Sarasota. Officials with that firm were the only representatives with the company to appear in transaction documents.
Contacted about the identity of the buyer behind the corporate center purchase, Anthony Homer, the building's new real estate manager, said his client prefers to remain anonymous.
Built in 1938 to house Cox Chevrolet's indoor showroom, the concrete and steel structure featured a reinforced concrete ramp that allowed the dealership to drive cars to the upper levels of the building.
Cox moved its dealership out of the building in 1978.
County property records show that the building was renovated into office space in 1984. Total square footage is about 28,000 square feet across nine office suites on file with the Manatee County Appraiser's Office.
Ten tenants lease in the building, including several attorneys and an engineering firm. The largest single tenant in the building is the Bradenton Herald. The Herald moved into the corporate center in 2013.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027.
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