CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Two years ago, Coral Springs paid $407,000 to purchase a house for one reason: close down a youth treatment facility where police had to be a constant presence to break up fights, arguments, and other troubles.
This week, city officials approved $333,000 for the sale of the 3,600-square-foot building at 11461 NW 43rd Street, near the intersection of Coral Ridge Drive and Wiles Road.
The loss of $74,000 on the original price is still worth it, they said.
“I wasn’t thrilled with the pricing, in particularly the loss,” Coral Springs Vice Mayor Joy Carter said. “However, the loss to our police department and police services -- it overrides it.”
The sale is going “as is” to the highest bidder, for a cash offer, after an auction, City Attorney John Hearn said. The property has been listed on Zillow for $260,000.
The building was once a treatment facility for girls, and then boys, Hearn said. During the time it was open, the demand for police response there was almost as high as calls for service at a major retailer such as Walmart or Coral Square Mall.
“It was a youth treatment facility that didn’t fit the character of the neighborhood,” Hearn said.
Funds from the sale of the property will go into the city’s general fund to help offset some losses in revenue during the coronavirus crisis.
Commissioner Larry Vignola said he remembers going on a police ride-along, on a weekend night, sometime in 2009 or 2010, and responding to three or four calls to that facility just during that night.
He said it was unfair for neighbors to have to live next to that property so the city made the right call when it bought the property.
“Yes, we took a loss on this, however it’s a great outcome across the board,” Vignola said.
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