MANATEE -- A New York company has spent $2.68 million to purchase an older set of medical office buildings that comprise Health Park East.
Fullerton Sarasota Bradenton Health Park, a company registered to a law office in Williamsville, N.Y., purchased the four-building, 29,000-square-foot park on Jan. 6. The seller is Palma Sola Development Inc., a Bradenton company state records show is headed by Virginia Baden. County records show that the office park is home to 16 office suites. Tenants include medical testing company Labcorp, an orthodontist and a dental office.
The park was built in the early and mid-1990s.
Virginia Baden's sister Jody and brother Christopher are also officers with Palma Sola Development. In 2014, the sisters were party to a lawsuit against Christopher Baden that shut down a shooting range he had been operating on 1,400 acres of Baden family land. Baden was held in civil contempt for violating an injunction against operations at Rocky Creek Ranch Shooting Resort in Myakka City.
Centauri Insurance plans new headquarters in LWR
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Centauri Insurance has contracted to buy five acres in Lakewood Ranch to build a 30,000-square-foot corporate headquarters and to offer tenant space.
The new headquarters will allow the company to grow. Centauri expects that owning its headquarters will drive down operating costs, provide flexibility for growth and allow Centauri to offer a better value to its customers.
To assist Centauri in the design and construction phases of the project, Centauri selected Element Commercial Construction, LLC. Fawley Bryant Architects was selected to design the new headquarters, while Tandem Construction will be in charge of construction.
The company plans to break ground on the project in mid-2016 with a projected completion date in mid-2017.
7-Eleven recruits veterans for franchise competition
SARASOTA -- Dallas-based 7-Eleven is recruiting service members who have been honorably discharged to try out for the company's Take Command competition.
One veteran will be awarded a 7-Eleven fee-free franchise at any of the company's available 7-Eleven convenience stores. Interested veterans can enter online at VeteransFranchiseGiveaway.com through Feb. 26. The winner will be announced in June. The Take Command competition includes meeting 7-Eleven's franchising qualifications and successful interviews. The top 25 will be invited to submit a video on why they deserve a 7-Eleven franchise. Up to seven will be selected for the semi-final competition.
Through votes on 7-Eleven's Facebook page, the public will select three finalists to be interviewed by 7-Eleven's franchise department management and nar
rowed to one winner.
To qualify, an entrant must be age 21 or older, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an honorably discharged veteran, have excellent credit and at least three years of leadership, retail or restaurant experience.
Contestants will have a credit evaluation, a leadership test, business plan development, budget and store location preferences.
-- Herald staff reports