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Nashville's Cooke & Grace buys Trinity Plaza

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  • | 12:27 a.m. September 3, 2011
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BUYER: My Naples Sunshine LLC (56% interest), Killer Cooke LLC (22%) and Queeny Bee LLC (22%), Nashville, Tenn.

SELLER: MB Reo-FL Retail Inc.

PROPERTY: 933 Third Ave. N., Naples

PRICE: $1.88 million

PREVIOUS PRICE: $2.35 million, December 2003

LAW FIRM ON DEED: Greenberg Traurig PA, Orlando

PLANS, DESCRIPTION: Nashville, Tenn.-based investment group Cooke & Grace Properties purchased the 12,480-square-foot Trinity Plaza retail center for $1.88 million.

The price equated to $150 per square foot. The Naples property on Ninth Street and Third Avenue was 50% occupied at the time of the sale.

“It was previously owned by a bank that just wasn't interested in doing leases,” says Ched Cooke, president of Cooke & Grace Properties. “In just the time we've had it we've had a tremendous amount of activity. We have at least six people wanting to do leases out there. We just think there should be a lot of demand for a property near the trail that we can rent in the area of $12 a square foot and make money.”

The new owner is planning a mini-rehab of the property that will include renovating the roofs, redoing the parking lot and painting it.

Trinity Plaza is Cooke & Grace Properties' first commercial purchase in Naples.

David Stevens of Investment Properties Corp. represented the buyer and Chuck Smith, Richard Clarke and Carlos Acosta of Grubb & Ellis | 1st Commercial represented the seller.


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