After a year on the market, West Manatee Fire Rescue’s administrative building is being sold to a local charter school.
Commissioners unanimously authorized a $1.675 million contract April 4 to sell the building at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, to Oasis Middle School Inc. Closing costs remain to be negotiated.
WMFR will transfer ownership of the building by May 31, according to the contract, and will rent a 3,100 square foot space in the second floor of the office of the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church, 6510 Third Ave. W, Bradenton.
The current administrative building has more than 11,000 square feet of space, of which WMFR used approximately 4,000 square feet.
Edna Fields-Bailey, the school founder and director, addressed commissioners April 4.
“We’re excited about this opportunity,” she said, adding that the school currently operates at the Unity Church in the Woods at 4200 32nd St. W., Bradenton.
Fields-Bailey said her school serves about 120 students in sixth- to eighth-grades.
She said parents would describe the school as “strict and orderly,” with an emphasis on a small learning environment and discipline.
Commissioner Randy Cooper said the administrative building had served WMFR’s purpose, lasting through station remodels and reorganization.
“It’s time to pass it on,” he said.
The sale will allow WMFR to retire an $850,000 note on the building. The district will have no more debt after the note is paid, Commissioner George Harris noted.
Harris thanked Commissioner Al Robinson for advocating for the sale, noting it leaves the district in a better financial position.
The next commission meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
— Bianca Benedí