Bourg Immobilier http://bourg-immobilier.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 23:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bourg-immobilier.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/default.png Bourg Immobilier http://bourg-immobilier.com/ 32 32 Father of slain real estate agent, Lindsay Buziak, sued for defamation over comments posted on his website https://bourg-immobilier.com/father-of-slain-real-estate-agent-lindsay-buziak-sued-for-defamation-over-comments-posted-on-his-website/ Wed, 11 May 2022 23:51:43 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/father-of-slain-real-estate-agent-lindsay-buziak-sued-for-defamation-over-comments-posted-on-his-website/

The mother of Lindsay Buziak’s former boyfriend has filed a libel suit against the slain estate agent’s father, marking a stunning development in one of British Columbia’s most high-profile unsolved murder cases.

Shirley Zailo’s attorney filed the notice of civil suit in the British Columbia Supreme Court on April 25 and names Lindsay’s father, Jeff Buziak, and Vancouver resident Jane Kavanagh as defendants.

“For a very long time, Miss Zailo was unwilling to take a libel suit against someone who had lost her daughter, but all efforts to say ‘stop accusing me of murder’ were dismissed or ignored,” said said Zailo’s attorney, Michael Scherr.

The lawsuit alleges that Kavanagh, using online pseudonyms, posted “defamatory” comments on a blog website owned and operated by Jeff Buziak.

On an article Jeff posted on June 14, 2019, Kavanagh allegedly posted false comments implying that Zailo – whose son Jason dated Lindsay before her murder – killed the real estate agent, planned his murder or participated in his murder, say Zailo’s lawyers.

In another post on Dec. 5, 2019, Kavanagh allegedly incorrectly implied that Zailo was a “psycho”, that she was “jealous of Lindsay’s youth and good heart” and that she planned and executed his murder, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit details subsequent postings allegedly made by Kavanagh implying that Zailo participated in Lindsay’s murder and “bought out” members of the Saanich Police Department.

RELATED: FBI Helps Lindsay Buziak Murder Case 13 Years After Her Brutal Murder

In each case, the lawyers claim that Jeff Buziak jointly published or arranged for the publication of Kavanagh’s posts, claiming that he was aware of the defamatory statements posted on his website and that he not only failed to remove them, but also “encouraged people to post defamatory statements”. of the applicant. »

“Defendants posted and continue to post defamatory words knowing that the inferential meanings were false, or alternatively, with reckless indifference as to whether they were true or false, and/or for the primary purpose of harming the complainant and expose her to hatred, ridicule and contempt, lowering the complainant in the esteem of others and causing her to shun and shun,” Scherr wrote.

Buziak told CHEK News he was extremely disappointed to learn of the civil suit. “It annoys me of course, it saddens me, it disgusts me and you know it stresses me out. It’s disgusting, especially when the focus should be on pressuring the authorities to get the job done, that’s where the focus should be, that’s my goal.

He said he was surprised to learn that he could be held responsible for other people’s comments.

“Because someone owns a social media site, you have to suffer the consequences of other people putting their personal opinions there, I think that’s ridiculous,” he said.

The claim states that Zailo suffered loss and damage to his reputation, loss of income, stress, anxiety and other mental suffering as a result, and seeks an unspecified amount of damages as well as an injunction against Jeff and Kavanagh to restrain them from publishing any further defamatory statements.

“She’s accused of killing someone…can you imagine what that feels like?” And she’s had people in her own community treat her differently because of these allegations and that’s terrible, people shouldn’t have to live with that,” Scherr said.

Zailo also filed a separate defamation lawsuit against Chilliwack resident Nora Leisa Munro, alleging that she also posted defamatory comments on Jeff Buziak’s website using false names.

Many of Munro’s comments, it is claimed, echo those of Kavanagh, in erroneously inferring that Zailo participated in or witnessed the murder of Lindsay Buziak.

Zailo is also seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief in this lawsuit.

None of the allegations against Buziak, Kavanagh or Munro have been tested or proven in court. None of the defendants has yet filed a response to the claims.

Lindsay, 24, was murdered while visiting a home at 1702 De Sousa Place in Saanich on February 2, 2008. Her killer was never caught.

Lindsay Buziak is seen with her father, Jeff. (Submitted)

She had shown the house to two potential buyers – a man and a woman who remain unidentified – when she was fatally stabbed more than 40 times in the house’s upstairs bedroom sometime in the evening. Jason Zailo, her boyfriend, discovered her body inside the vacant home shortly after becoming concerned when he couldn’t reach her and called 911.

Police said publicly at the start of the investigation that Jason Zailo and his family were not considered suspects in the case and had “satisfied all requests for investigation” that were made of them.

Buziak’s murder has come under intense scrutiny from investigators as well as the general public, spawning several podcasts, international media stories, and an appearance on the Dr. Phil show.

The Saanich Police Department led the investigation, but last year police announced they had launched a new task force actively investigating the murder with the help of the FBI.

“Investigators are reviewing and retesting evidence, including crime scene evidence as well as digital evidence. Technology not available at the time of the crime allowed us to develop new investigative leads,” said Saanich police spokesperson Const. Markus Anastasiades said at the time.

Police said Wednesday there have been no new updates since the task force launched in February 2021.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4356 or toll-free at 1-888-980-1919.

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Crow Holdings Raises Over $1 Billion in Apartment Building https://bourg-immobilier.com/crow-holdings-raises-over-1-billion-in-apartment-building/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:08:44 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/crow-holdings-raises-over-1-billion-in-apartment-building/

Dallas-based investor Crow Holdings has raised a new fund to finance the construction of more than $1 billion in apartments across the United States.

The multifamily building fund has raised about $680 million from investors to fund apartment projects in multiple markets, including Dallas.

Crow Holdings owns Dallas-based Trammell Crow Residential, one of the largest apartment builders in North Texas and the country.

“Trammell Crow Residential has been developing luxury apartments for decades, and today’s market is unlike anything I’ve seen in my time in the industry,” Trammell Crow Residential CEO Ken Valach said in a statement. communicated. “Supply is still well below demand, leading to increased absorption and rental growth, especially in markets with diversified economies and growing employment and population. “

Crow Residential has several apartment projects under development in Dallas-Fort Worth, including a 380+ unit development off Ross Avenue in East Dallas, projects in Uptown, 500+ units in Frisco, and a 378 community rental units in Denton.

The Denton project is part of a $1.5 billion development program that Crow Residential recently launched to start more affordable rental projects. Allora communities will be built to be affordable for tenants with household incomes starting at 80% of the region’s median income.

Crow Residential has built over 260,000 multi-family units nationwide.

“With hundreds of transactions completed over the past two decades, we have honed our ability to analyze and execute geographically diverse transactions in cities and regions where tenant demand is most sustainable,” said Bob McClain, CEO of Crow Holdings Capital, in a statement.

The apartment financing deal comes at a time when demand for rental housing in North Texas is skyrocketing. Less than 3% of D-FW apartments are vacant and rents are at an all-time high.

Crow Holdings’ recently closed apartment fund is the latest of several investment platforms to fund development.

In March, the Dallas investor completed funds to buy and build billions of dollars worth of industrial properties across the country.

The two industrial funds and now the apartment program represent $1.7 billion in equity commitments by investors.

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Santa Cruz County Bank Hires Randy Lagomarsino https://bourg-immobilier.com/santa-cruz-county-bank-hires-randy-lagomarsino/ Tue, 10 May 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/santa-cruz-county-bank-hires-randy-lagomarsino/

Mr. Lagomarsino has 17 years of banking experience with extensive experience in sales and lending for major financial institutions in Northern California and the Bay Area. He was Head of Commercial Lending at Wells Fargo Banking Group and Head of Commercial Banking Group Business Development at Wells Fargo. He also served as Vice President, Business Development Officer for US Bank’s Commercial Banking Group, and Vice President, Business Development and Relationship Manager for Bank of America’s Commercial Middle Market Group. Most recently, Mr. Lagomarsino served as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager at City National Bank in San Jose where he managed a portfolio of middle market business relationships.

Mr. Lagomarsino earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the Phoenix University.

Jon SiskExecutive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer, said, “We are delighted to welcome Randy to our Silicon Valley team. His commitment to building personal relationships aligns with the Bank’s mission, and his knowledge of the local business community is a valuable asset to the Bank and to our clients. We look forward to his contributions. »

Mr. Lagomarsino is based at the Bank’s headquarters Cupertino office at 19240 Stevens Creek Boulevard.

IN REGARDS TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY BANK
Santa Cruz County Bank was founded in 2004. It is a premier, locally owned and operated, full-service community bank headquartered in Santa Cruz, California. The bank has branches in Aptos, Capitol, Cupertino, Monterey, santa cruz, Valley of the Scotts and Watsonville. What sets Santa Cruz County Bank apart from the “big banks” is its relationship-based service, focus on problem solving, and direct access to decision makers. The bank is one of the main lenders to the SBA in Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley and one of the top USDA lenders in the State of California. As a full-service bank, Santa Cruz County Bank offers competitive deposit and lending solutions for businesses and individuals. including business loans, lines of credit, commercial real estate financing, construction loans, agricultural loans, SBA and USDA government guaranteed loans, credit cards, merchant services, deposit seizure remote, mobile and online banking, bill payment and cash management. True to its community roots, the Santa Cruz County Bank has supported regional welfare by actively participating in and donating to local nonprofit organizations.

Shares of Santa Cruz County Bank are publicly traded on the OTCQX US Premier Market under the symbol SCZC. Orders to buy shares can be placed online, through a brokerage firm, or through market makers listed in the Investor Relations section of the bank’s website. For more information about the Santa Cruz County Bank, visit www.sccountybank.com.

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Laguna Beach, Calif., home with expansive views and Tesla charger listings for $14.5 million https://bourg-immobilier.com/laguna-beach-calif-home-with-expansive-views-and-tesla-charger-listings-for-14-5-million/ Tue, 10 May 2022 14:05:00 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/laguna-beach-calif-home-with-expansive-views-and-tesla-charger-listings-for-14-5-million/


A freshly remodeled four-bedroom home in Laguna Beach’s Crown Point hit the market last week for $14.5 million.

Sitting on 0.35 acres, the one-story California home is designed to showcase its spectacular vantage point and views of Emerald Bay, with a spacious balcony overlooking the water as well as large windows and sliding doors in the main living and entertainment area, as per listing photos.

“I know a gem when I see one in Laguna Beach and this property is truly special,” said Seth Nelson of Douglas Elliman’s Eklund Gomes team. “From your living room, you have stunning views of the coast, you’re within walking distance of restaurants and shopping, and you’re part of the privacy and magic that drives the Laguna Beach market.” Mr Nelson shares the list with Fredrik Eklund and Ariana Gaffoglio of Douglas Elliman’s Eklund Gomes team as well as Hilton & Hyland’s Alexander Ali.

A master bedroom with two dressing rooms, a fireplace and built-in shelves also opens onto the balcony and has a master bathroom with double sinks and bathtub. A large open kitchen with pantry and an island also offers ocean views and opens to a living room with seating around a fireplace as well as a separate dining area.

Skylights above the main entrance bring in more natural light, and recent renovations have added finishes such as Italian marble, professional-grade appliances, imported limestone and two Tesla chargers in the garage, according to the listing. .

The home was once owned by the family of famed Southern California architect William Pereira, according to marketing materials, and has been on and off the market for both sale and rent since it was purchased for $2.71 million. dollars in 1999, according to property records. The seller could not be identified.

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To date, the fund has nine registered partners. It has an acquisition team that searches for properties that meet the requirements of charity partners. Once an application is approved, the fund buys the property, pays for costs such as relocation and renovations, and then leases it back to the charity – usually on a 10-year lease. The fund has acquired 29 properties, with seven more nearing completion – on a target of 600 within three years.

The rent is set by the charity partner, and usually the arrangement involves providing support as well as accommodation to the tenant, with the rent being paid for through Housing Benefit. This is exempt housing, that is to say housing exempt from the ceiling on rents in order to pay for the aid delivered.

The fund is aware of reputational issues with the exempt accommodation model, where some providers have been mired in controversy over charging sky-high rents, while providing little support. Some of the issues have involved exempt housing based on leases. Crisis said some vendors were “abusing the system for financial gain”.

“These organizations that we work with, we work with them because they have the experience and the history of providing specialist, gender-informed, trauma-informed support to women”

Those involved with the fund are aware of the controversy. Ms Swinden of Resonance says the fund plans to avoid these problems by choosing the right charity partners and doing their due diligence on them. “These organizations that we work with, we work with them because they have a reputation and a history of providing specialist, women-friendly and trauma-informed support,” she says.

It is here that the fund will rely on the reputation of charities to distance itself from the problems that have been exposed in the exempt accommodation sector.

Undoubtedly, this is also where the fund’s advisory board comes in – in addition to Ms Inman, there are eight senior women from different worlds. This includes Rehaila Sharif, membership manager at Women’s Aid, and Jacinta Kent, a group psychotherapist who specializes in trauma-informed approaches to working with marginalized women. From housing, there’s Colette Cronshaw, who works in a mixed homeless shelter run by the Riverside Housing Association. From the investment world, there’s impact investor Elizabeth Corrado and real estate investor Cherine Aboulzelof. It’s a long and varied list and we don’t have room to include everyone.

The fund’s sales documents highlight a number of statistics that justify the fund’s existence: 60% of women released from prison have no home to go to upon release; 57% of women referred to a shelter are turned away for lack of space; 66% of homeless adults in temporary accommodation are women.

Can the fund make a dent in these statistics? For the women behind the numbers, the crucial answer will not be whether the fund can deliver returns for investors, but whether it can deliver better housing outcomes than the status quo.

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New York Legislature updates real estate ‘sellers’ law to include gender https://bourg-immobilier.com/new-york-legislature-updates-real-estate-sellers-law-to-include-gender/ Mon, 09 May 2022 21:13:49 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/new-york-legislature-updates-real-estate-sellers-law-to-include-gender/

According to the New York State Association of Realtors64% of REAL ESTATE AGENTS in New York® are women, but NYS law only refers to men in law

Bill by Senator Kaplan and Congressman O’Donnell updates state real estate law to replace the word “vendor” with “vendor” and updates pronouns to be gender-neutral

CARLE PLACE, NY (May 9, 2022) – Last week, the New York State Assembly passed a law, S.536a/A.8077a, introduced by Senator Anna M. Kaplan (D-North Hills) and Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell (D-Morningside Heights), which will update the nearly century-old section of the Real Estate Salespersons Act, removing outdated, gender-specific language and replacing it with gender-neutral language. Having now been passed by both houses of the Legislative Assembly, the bill will be forwarded to Governor Hochul for consideration.

The underlying section of the Real Estate Act, drafted in 1927, which regulates the professions of real estate brokerage and sales, currently includes 85 references to “sellers” and dozens of instances of gendered pronouns like he, him and his. The law only includes a reference to a “vendor” in two places and makes no reference to “vendors”.

Senator Anna M. Kaplan said that “jobs are genderless, but unfortunately many laws in our state still use gender-specific language when discussing occupations performed by people of all genders. It is important that we update these outdated sections of the law to reflect our New York values ​​and send a message that everyone, regardless of gender, should be able to pursue their passions.”

Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell said “People of all professions deserve to feel valued, but the gendered language in our real estate law does not adequately recognize the contributions of women and non-binary New Yorkers. We want our workplaces to reflect New York’s diversity, and the best way to achieve that goal is to ensure that all real estate agents feel like they belong and that the profession is accessible. I thank Senator Kaplan for his leadership on this issue, and I am pleased to report that the bill will now be sent to the governor for consideration.”

The bill, S.536a/A.8077a, will update Section 12-A of the Real Property Act by:

  • Change all occurrences of the word seller to seller
  • Remove gendered language from the article by removing references to “his” in favor of “their”, replacing “himself” with “themselves”, as well as appropriate changes in variations of these words.

According to studies by the New York State Association of Realtors (read here) and the National Association of Realtors (read here), men are actually a minority in the profession, with women making up 64% of realtors nationwide. nationally and in New York State. By removing gendered language from state real estate law, the law will finally reflect gender diversity in the real estate profession.​​​​​

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Fast-Growing Compass Leases Space Near Historic DC Church https://bourg-immobilier.com/fast-growing-compass-leases-space-near-historic-dc-church/ Mon, 09 May 2022 13:27:52 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/fast-growing-compass-leases-space-near-historic-dc-church/ Real estate company Compass has signed a lease for an entire floor at 1401 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

New York-based real estate firm Compass, which has rapidly grown its presence in the DC market since first expanding here eight years ago, has signed a lease for a full floor at 1401 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

The building is an annex next to the historic National Town Christian Church on Thomas Circle. Swiss developer Akelius acquired the building from Rock Creek Property in 2019. The church originally sold the 1950s annex, then known as the Campbell Building, to DC-based Rock Creek in 2017.



The building had previously been used by the church as classrooms.

Compass signed a lease for an entire floor at 1401 Massachusetts Ave., NW. (Courtesy of illustrating my design)

JLL negotiated the Compass lease for 12,000 square feet on the entire fourth floor, which has direct access to the building’s new rooftop terrace.

The building has access to a roof terrace on the fifth floor. (Courtesy of illustrating my design)

“Alongside the value of the location, the quality of the building’s wellness and amenity offerings was absolutely something that stood out. We look forward to entertaining on the fifth floor outdoor patio overlooking Thomas Circle,” said Marc Pina, General Manager of Sales at Compass.

Compass will retain its existing offices nearby at 1313 14th St., NW, and will have over 500 brokers between the two offices.

It has other offices throughout Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Compass reported $14.1 billion in residential real estate sales volume in the DC area in 2021, dethroning Long & Foster Real Estate from its longstanding position as the #1 residential real estate company in terms of sales volume in the Washington metropolitan market, although Long & Foster remained No. 1 based on the number of homes sold, the Washington Business Journal reported, citing Long & Foster President Larry Foster.

The restoration and conversion of the building included the addition of two floors and a new plaza in front of the building. The Class A building has a leasable area of ​​52,000 square feet.

JLL said the only remaining floor space available is on the first and second floors.

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You are not alone | Opinion https://bourg-immobilier.com/you-are-not-alone-opinion/ Sun, 08 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/you-are-not-alone-opinion/






As a former small business owner, I struggled to obtain low-cost capital early in my journey of acquiring a residential income investment property and opening a sales franchise. retail gas and convenience store in the 1980s. Starting in my mid-twenties and like millions of other aspiring business owners, I lacked experience as a business owner, but I had a strong desire to invest where I lived, provide jobs and improve life in the low-income community I grew up in.

After many rejections, I even considered an SBA-backed loan from the same bank that I had been a consumer for decades. But I didn’t pursue it. Frustrated, I decided to go it alone. I got a very high interest loan, dipped into my retirement savings and used the money to move on and on. I never looked back, and because of that, never knew all the SBA has to offer until my recent appointment as Regional Administrator of SBA Great Plains.

As we celebrate National Small Business Week, it’s incredibly important that we let aspiring and existing small business owners know how the SBA can help fuel their businesses. They are not alone.

Did you know that the Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska SBA funded business counseling, free or low-cost training, or technical assistance to nearly 65,000 people in fiscal year 2021 ? The SBA has an extensive network of resources to help business owners from idea to exit. SBA Women’s Business Centers counsel women business owners. Another useful service is the free advice provided by SCORE on starting, operating or expanding and a network of small business development centers in addition to a veterans affairs awareness center which supports veterans. and families of veterans. Most recently, the SBA awarded $100 million in funding to eligible nonprofits under the Community Navigator Pilot Program, designed to connect people in underserved areas to SBA assistance.

In our region, the SBA guaranteed more than $1.5 billion in loans to more than 2,650 businesses in fiscal year 2021. SBA Lending Networks offer everything from low-cost $500 micro-loans to $350,000 to power early stage and startups through micro-lenders and community development corporations and mission-driven community development financial institutions located in rural and low-income communities. A variety of other loans backed by SBA lenders can be up to $5 million to help businesses grow.

The SBA has a mission: To build a better America through entrepreneurship. Looking back on my personal small business journey, I know I could have been a more successful small business owner if I had taken advantage of the power of the SBA.

Rather than going it alone, contact us at www.sba.gov to find an SBA office near you to start, grow and grow your business.

— SBA Region VII Great Plains Administrator Vercie Lark oversees SBA programs and services provided by five SBA district offices located in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa.

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Grade II listed ‘rare’ lodge on private land for sale https://bourg-immobilier.com/grade-ii-listed-rare-lodge-on-private-land-for-sale/ Sun, 08 May 2022 09:33:01 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/grade-ii-listed-rare-lodge-on-private-land-for-sale/

A ‘stunning’ house dating back to the 1800s has gone up for sale in Merseyside.

The Grade II listed period property sits in its own private grounds on Thornton Common Road, Thornton Hough. Being in a semi-rural location, the house is surrounded by countryside and its own secluded gardens.

Named North Lodge, the house was built in 1894 and still retains many of its historic features. On the market with Hewitt Adams, the property is priced at £750,000.

READ MORE: ‘Small cottage’ transformed into ‘exceptional’ property for sale

According to Rightmove, properties in Thornton Hough had an overall average price of £464,663 over the past year. Most sales last year were for semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £339,452.

Individual properties sold for an average of £665,000. Overall, selling prices over the past 12 months were down 23% from a year earlier and up 6% from the 2015 peak of £439,150.



Grade II listed house in the ‘heart’ of Thornton Hough, on Thornton Common Road

Similar homes, less than two miles away, are also priced similarly to North Lodge. Another four-bedroom house on Gayton Lane is currently listed at £850,000, while two properties are on offer on Thornton Common Road for £850,000 and £950,000 on Parkgate Lane.

The images of the property show many features including the gabled porch, wood cladding, dormer windows, casement and mullioned windows. Inside, the period features continue, with exposed brick fireplaces and arches present throughout.

A large wooden door in the entrance vestibule leads to the hall which has a central staircase to the first floor. From here there are doors leading to the living room, dining room and kitchen.



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Grade II listed house in the ‘heart’ of Thornton Hough, on Thornton Common Road

The kitchen and breakfast room overlook a courtyard, with further access to the garden. Here, past the courtyard, a hallway leads to a downstairs bedroom and en-suite shower room.

Upstairs there are three more bedrooms, a study room and a main bathroom. Outside there is a large rear garden which has been landscaped with lawns, mature flower beds and hedges.



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Grade II listed house in the ‘heart’ of Thornton Hough, on Thornton Common Road

The listing reads: “Hewitt Adams is proud to present North Lodge to the market – this Grade II listed period house is located in the heart of Thornton Hough. This picturesque semi-rural village is located equidistant between Neston and Heswall and is surrounded by Greenbelt fields.

“With a village primary school and several popular pubs in the area. North Lodge is a stunning house built in 1894 and it has enormous character and appeal. Sitting in private grounds overlooking open fields.

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]]> Manatee County Dedicates State-of-the-Art Racquet Sports Complex https://bourg-immobilier.com/manatee-county-dedicates-state-of-the-art-racquet-sports-complex/ Sun, 08 May 2022 04:04:35 +0000 https://bourg-immobilier.com/manatee-county-dedicates-state-of-the-art-racquet-sports-complex/






BRADENTON — Dozens of tennis and pickleball fans joined Manatee County leaders Friday to dedicate the newly renovated Walton Racquet Center CV at GT Bray Park.

A brief video of highlights from the event can be found here.

With 20 pickleball courts (most covered) and 8 clay tennis courts, the resort welcomes players of all ages and abilities to the West Bradenton facilities. All courts were filled shortly after the early morning ceremony – which also featured the renaming of the main road running through the complex for a longtime local supporter of recreational and educational opportunities.

Manatee County Commission Chairman Kevin Van Ostenbridge joined past and current political leaders at a ceremony renaming part of 33rd Ave Drive W. to Wilbur Boyd Boulevard in memory of the former Florida state senator and civic leader.

County Administrator Scott Hopes thanked Van Ostenbridge – and his fellow commissioners – for continuing the mission to build the facility to support the growing participatory sport of pickleball. Recognizing the hard work of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Teams, Property Administration and Management, Manatee County School Board and Clerk, City of Bradenton, McIntyre Contractors Elwell & Strammer , Kimley Horn and Sweet Sparkman, he said this facility is nothing short of world-class. And it’s a sign of what’s to come – across the county.

“We’re setting the standard today,” Hopes said. “That’s what Manatee County thinks the public should be able to enjoy,”

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