BUYER: De LaSalle Academy of Fort Myers Inc. (Bonnie Ross, Lori Moreau, James Doyle, Mary Katin, Vickie Gelardi and Deborah Silver), Fort Myers
SELLER: Liberty Bank FSB
PROPERTY: A portion of Daniels Parkway between Pinto Lane and Apaloosa Lane, Fort Myers
PRICE: $1.4 million
PREVIOUS PRICE: $2.24 million, June 2007
LAW FIRM ON DEED: Treiser Collins, Naples
PLANS, DESCRIPTION: The De LaSalle Academy of Fort Myers purchased 5.26 acres on Daniels Parkway for $1.4 million.
The price equated to $266,160 per acre.
The nonprofit group purchased the land to develop a 23,700-square-foot school and therapeutic center building under the same name. The Fort Myers De LaSalle is a private school designed to teach students with learning disabilities, including those with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia.
“This school is for students that can learn, but just need to be taught differently,” says Bonnie Ross, a founding board member and advancement director. “We see the school as working in conjunction with the public school system. These are students with high IQs that could typically just get by in the public schools. They can come to us for an intense learning period of, say, three years, and then go back into the public school system.”
The 96-student school will teach from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.
Construction on the new school is scheduled to start in the next 30 to 45 days. The school has hired Winter Garden-based Modular Building Systems International as the general contractor and will develop the new building using modular commercial construction.
The school, which is being funded largely through donations, is scheduled to open for the August 2012 school year.
Some time in the future, the school hopes to develop a second phase on its campus with a gym, six additional classrooms, and apartments for former students who require additional living assistance after graduation.
The De LaSalle Academy of Fort Myers mortgaged the property to Liberty Bank FSB for $300,000.