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Literacy Council buys Old 41 building

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Literacy Council buys Old 41 building

BUYER: Literacy Council of Bonita Springs Inc. (principals: Shelley Anderson, Ken Kellum, Crista Short and Kim Hastings), Bonita Springs

SELLER: Old 41 Project LLC

PROPERTY: 26820 Old U.S. 41 Road, Bonita Springs

PRICE: $2.6 million

PREVIOUS PRICE: $450,000, December 2003

LAW FIRM ON DEED: Lyons & Lyons PA, Bonita Springs

PLANS, DESCRIPTION: The Literacy Council of Bonita Springs Inc. purchased a 10,400-square-foot building on Old U.S. 41 north of Terry Street for $2.6 million. The purchase price equated to $250 per square foot of building space.

The council has leased space for the past 20 years and most recently occupied three buildings along Old U.S. 41. The new building will contain the council's classrooms, library and a multipurpose room.

The new ownership mortgaged the property to Regions Banks for two loans totaling $1.4 million.

The literacy council has launched a capital campaign to raise $3.2 million to cover the purchase price and an endowment for the building's future operation.

The Literacy Council of Bonita Springs provides free classes in reading, writing and English for adults.


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