A Coral Gables-based firm moved a step closer to purchasing a vacant laboratory and office building from the city of Port St. Lucie for $14.5 million, or $135 per square foot.
The city’s mayor dislikes the deal, but he was the sole dissenter when the city council voted 4-1 to approve the sale to Coral Gables-based RER Ventures, a distressed real estate investment firm.
The city council’s vote triggered a 90-day due diligence period, after which the deal could close within 30 days.
An independent appraisal valued the 107,000-square-foot building at $14.5 million, the price RER Ventures offered to pay.
Port St. Lucie would lose $49.5 million on the sale because the city guaranteed a $64 million loan to finance construction of the 107,000-square-foot building, which has nine laboratories.
The city seized the property last year after its previous occupant, the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI), shut down in 2015 after about two years in business.
Port St. Lucie has been repaying the $64 million loan since VGTI closed.
Mayor Greg Oravec objected to the $14.5 million appraised value of the former VGTI building because, with creditworthy tenants, the property would be worth more. [TCPalm.com] – Mike Seemuth