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Lakeland’s Ledger’s main office building up for sale

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For those wanting a good real estate investment, the owners of the building where Lakeland’s Ledger newspaper is headquartered have put the building up for sale.

As of Friday, the 181,720-sq. ft. office building lists with the Mansour Group of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, one of the county’s largest real estate investment services firms. Located on West Lime Street and Sikes Boulevard in downtown Lakeland the building has been home of the Ledger since its construction in 1998. The asking price is almost $21.5 million.

In January 2015, New Media Investment Group purchased Halifax Media Group, owner of the Ledger and 35 other newspapers nationwide. New Media – formerly known as Gatehouse Media — is one of America’s largest publishers of local print, online and other media assets, managing nearly 450 community publications and 370 affiliated websites in 27 states.

Halifax publishes 36 newspapers, 24 of which are dailies, was well as the associated websites, with a total daily circulation of about 635,000 and 752,000 on Sunday. Circulation of the Ledger, based on estimates from NationwideAdvertising.com, is 65,987 daily and 81,366 on Sunday. The paper also publishes Polk Life and East Polk Lifestyles.

According to the listing, the 17-acre property is “100 percent” leased to Ledger operations, providing a net operating income of $1.5 million. There are 18 years left on the 20-year lease, which began September 2012.

As an investment property, the lease is scheduled for 2.50 percent rent increases every year for the first 10 years, and then 2.10 percent annual rent increases throughout the second 10 years.

The property also sits in a densely populated area, home to 132,000 residents within a five-mile radius.

Anyone interested can view the listing on themansourgroup.com.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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