WMFR delays sale of administrative building

The packers and movers have a short reprieve.

West Manatee Fire Rescue has a contract to sell its administrative building, but the offices will be staying put for another six months.

The fire district board approved a request for a 180-day extension from June 4 to conduct due diligence on a closing deadline to sell the administrative building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, to Oasis Middle School for $1.675 million. The agreement also includes a 30-day extension to secure financing.

Representatives from Oasis informed WMFR commissioners May 30 that a delay in receiving a special permit from Manatee County to rezone the property required them to request the extension.

Paul Blucher, the attorney for Oasis, said the county told the school it may take six months to complete the process of approving a special permit to move the school to the administrative building.

“We anticipate that everything will go fine,” Blucher said. “This is where Oasis Middle School wants to be.”

The school also requires final site-plan approval from the county, Blucher said.

WMFR Commissioner Al Robinson asked if Oasis could secure financing earlier than the 180-day deadline, requesting the 30-day limit for securing financing.

“There ought to be something to put pressure on the financing,” he said, adding that if a bank is aware it has a six-month extension, “they’ll take it.”

Bianca Benedí

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