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Center for Building Hope facility attracting attention from potential buyers

The Center for Building Hope property at Lakewood Ranch could soon have a new owner.
The Center for Building Hope property at Lakewood Ranch could soon have a new owner. jajones1@bradenton.com

The former Center for Building Hope building and campus at 5481 Communications Parkway could soon have a new owner.

The bank-owned 4.81-acre property with 10,773 square feet of office space is on the market for $2.295 million, Stan Rutstein of Re/Max Alliance Group confirmed Friday.

LEED and green certified, the property has attracted a lot of interest from potential buyers, Rutstein said.

The Center for Building Hope, which provided free services to cancer patients and their families, collapsed suddenly in 2015.

The Health Support Network Inc., which did business as Center for Building Hope and Brides Against Breast Cancer, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

In its filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, the nonprofit listed nearly $3.8 million in liabilities, and $2.5 million in assets. The primary asset was the Lakewood Ranch property.

The Center for Building Hope laid off the last of its staff and closed in September.

The nonprofit had been running deficits for several years, and defaulted on a more than $2 million mortgage.

Jewish Family and Childrens Services of the Suncoast Inc. stepped in provide services to those left stranded by the closing of Center for Building Hope.

Leading to the downfall of Health Support Network was the acquisition of Brides Against Breast Cancer.

The Brides operation became too cumbersome and had a cash flow problem, interim CEO Ron Gelbman previously told the Bradenton Herald.

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