BRADENTON -- A property investor and developer known for rehabbing New York apartment buildings has turned his attention far south to buy a new gas station and convenience store downtown.
Donald Zucker, who once served as the public construction chief for former mayor Ed Koch in the 1980s, bought one of Bradenton's busiest commercial corners last week when a company he manages plunked down $4.01 million to purchase a Wawa station that opened at 701 First St. E. in December. Wawa, a Pennsylvania company, leases the newly built convenience store on the property.
The seller in the transaction was GH&G Bradenton, a company managed by William Gryboski of Decatur, Ga., Daniel Howe of Holmes Beach, and Mark Gravley of Sarasota, according to state corporation records. The company purchased the Wawa site in February 2014 for $2.39 million.
Through another company, the three men also have also purchased property on Lockwood Ridge Road at State Road 70 for another Wawa store site.
According to a bio published by the Real Estate Board of New York, Zucker's business interests include development and construction, a mortgage brokerage firm and an asset management company. All those companies are privately held.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027, or on Twitter@MattAtBradenton.