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Tricera Capital Acquires Office Building in Sarasota, Florida for $35M

Originally developed in the 1980s, BB&T Financial Center underwent more than $1 million in capital improvements over the past three years.

SARASOTA, FLA. — Tricera Capital has acquired a nine-story, Class A office building in downtown Sarasota known as BB&T Financial Center. The Miami-based real estate investment firm purchased the office building for $35 million. Tricera Capital partnered with private investor Alex Karakhanian and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based investment firm Merrimac Ventures on the acquisition. The seller was private real estate investor George Spector.

BB&T Financial Center is located at 1800 Second St. The 550,000-square-foot building spans across two towers and features 500 covered parking spaces. Originally developed in the 1980s, the building underwent more than $1 million in capital improvements over the past three years, including upgrades to the roof, lobby and elevator systems. The property spans an entire city block between Links and North Osprey avenues. The building was approximately 70 percent occupied at the time of sale.

Douglas Mandel of Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, marketed BB&T Financial Center for sale. Scott Wadler of Berkadia’s Miami office arranged acquisition financing through Prime Finance.

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