Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

(Carl Cronan is editor of Real Estate Florida.)

OLDSMAR, FL-Lutz Real Estate Investments is putting its local Tri-County Business Park on the market after three years of ownership and more than $4 million worth of capital improvements. Commercial real estate brokers in the Tampa Bay area anticipate that the 20-building complex could go for as much as $90 million, or $130 per square foot.

“Our goal was to fix it up and sell it, and that’s what we’re doing,” Adam Lutz, president and CEO of Farmington Hills, MI-based Lutz Real Estate, tells GlobeSt.com. The firm paid nearly $50 million for Tri-County in 2005 in a partnership with GE Real Estate in Atlanta.

The 676,735-square-foot park on 76.5 acres was originally developed between 1980 and 1988, and has received new facades, roofing, landscaping and signage over the last three years. It also benefits from an expansion of Race Track Road, a thoroughfare of the area connecting Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The park contains a mix of light-industrial and office space, and is currently 75% leased, according to CB Richard Ellis, which is marketing the property.

“There is the opportunity to boost returns by leasing up existing vacant space starting in the first year,” says Dale Peterson, senior vice president of investment properties with CBRE’s Tampa office. He tells GlobeSt.com that Tri-County’s average in-place rents are below market, meaning the next owner has the potential to increase those rents as current leases expire in the next several years.

Another key selling point is that the property has non-recourse assumable debt at below-market interest, which Peterson says should appeal to many investors during the ongoing capital markets transition. The park is also in a growth area with little land available for development, he says.

Lutz Real Estate owns one other commercial property in the Tampa Bay market, the 100 Bay Central office building in Downtown St. Petersburg. Universal Health Care Group Inc. became a 31,000-square-foot tenant there in September.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 3 free articles* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.