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Places This Week: Historic Veillard House lists; bar sells

Veronica Brezina



Blake Whitney Thompson, founder and CEO, Blake Investment Partners at the company's headquarters, the Veillard House on 4th Avenue North. Photo: Blake Investment Partners.

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Blake Whitney Thompson lists St. Pete HQ for lease

The historic Veillard House on 4th Avenue North, the home of Blake Investment Partners, is listed for lease. 

Blake Investment Partners is headed by prominent St. Petersburg real estate owner and investor Blake Whitney Thompson. He was part of the group that purchased the Queen-Anne-style home-turned-office complex. 

Michael Heretick and Erica Delgado of St. Petersburg-based Vector Commercial Real Estate Services are listing the property, which was built in 1910. 

The Veillard House. Loopnet.

The first floor features a conference room and overlooks the grand front porch. Upstairs offers a private office with bay windows, a second private office and a large office that can be divided into two spaces and a landing that is currently a community space.

The finished basement features a conference room with a glass wall, a full-size kitchen and an additional office with a private entrance. This property is zoned DC-2 and is a national historic landmark, according to the listing. 


Haslam’s Book Store owners sell property (not the bookstore)

Owners of the longtime St. Pete staple Haslam’s Book Store have sold a vacant property to a residential developer. 

Under the entity, Haslam’s Book Store Inc., the owners sold the corner lot at 1st Avenue N. and 22nd Street to CND-Kenwood LLC for $1 million. 

The buying entity is registered to Texas-based home builder David Weekly Homes. 

The site is near one of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s SunRunner stations


Independent Bar sells 

The Independent Bar at 1049 Central Ave. has sold for $1.1 million. 

The popular venue shut its doors earlier this month

Independent Bar on Central Avenue. GoogleMaps.

The bar was sold to EB 1049 Central LLC. The buyer’s LLC is connected to St. Pete-based Blake Investment Partners, which is led by Blake Whitney Thompson, and St. Pete-based Eastman Equity that’s headed by local developer Jonathan Daou, who developed many properties in the Edge District. 

Before closing, the Independent Bar owners wrote on Facebook, “This amazing place will forever have a place in our hearts, and we will always appreciate the community that has supported us these past six years.”

The Independent Bar opened in April 2005 and moved to its current location in October 2016, becoming a staple in the Edge District and St. Pete’s craft beer scene.


Family-run plant nursery sells 

The Dolins Garden Center, which has been family-owned and operated for decades, has sold for $1.125 million. 

Dolins Garden Center. GoogleMaps.

The garden center, built in 1987 at 801 62nd Ave. N. in St. Petersburg, offers a variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, natives, mulches, pottery and fountains, according to its website. 

Owners Donald and Linda Prahl sold the nursey to Dolins Garden Center Inc., which is connected to Nirmal Shah of Winter Park.  

Donald Prahl said he is retiring, and that the new owner plans to continue the business operation as a nursery and keep its name.


Assisted living facility sells for over $13 million

The Gulfport Rehabilitation Center at 1430 Pasadena Ave. S. in South Pasadena has sold for over $13 million. 

Gulfport Rehabilitation Center. GoogleMaps.

The St. Petersburg-based Lance Addison Burge Real Estate firm sold the 36,656-square-foot complex to the 1430 Pasadena Avenue LLC entity. 

According to its Google listing, the rehab center has permanently closed. 


St. Pete apartment complex sells 

The Fountain Court and Lakeside Apartments at 600 40th St. N. have sold, according to a LinkedIn post from Joseph Thavis, vice president at CBRE Capital Markets. 

The Fountain Court and Lakeside Apartments. Facebook image.

The two combined properties, built in 1968 and 1972, total 124 units. The purchase price was not disclosed, and a deed has not yet appeared. 

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