The Tallahassee City Commission voted unanimously to purchase the Rose Printing building and acreage located off of Jackson Bluff road.
Mayor Dailey said “this is an incredibly smart management move.”
Next Wednesday, the City Commission will consider the purchase of the Rose Printing building. The property, located on the southwest corner of Jackson Bluff Road and Mabry Street, is approximately 7.4 acres with a 117,000 square foot industrial warehouse and office building.
The purchase price is $1,300,000. The City will also be responsible for a portion of the closing costs, which are estimated to be approximately $16,000.
According to meeting documents, the property has been listed for several years prior to being assigned to a bankruptcy Trustee. The advertised prices ranged from $3.5 to $4.0 million. Also, in 2016 the City ordered an appraisal of the property which indicated a value of $3,000,000.
Why the purchase?
Staff is recommending the approval of the acquisition to provide additional space for City operations. If purchased, the location would accommodate Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure staff and equipment that are currently located at the Lake Bradford Road Waste Treatment facility site and the Gemini building located on Adams Street.
Currently, 135 staff positions from Underground Utilities & Public Infrastructure (UUPI) Administrative and Construction & Operations (C&O) are located at the Municipal Complex in the vicinity of Jackson Bluff Road and Mabry Street. The remaining C&O personnel, approximately 110 staff positions, are housed at the former city wastewater treatment facility on Lake Bradford Road.
In addition, UUPI Engineering staff, approximately 83 staff positions, are housed at the Gemini Building on Adams Street. These three areas comprise approximately 68% of UU&PI personnel.
The issue will be taken up at the November 13th City Commission at City Hall beginning at 4:00 p.m.