A few issues ago, SFGN reported that a new resort would be built in Wilton Manors. Plans have now changed. Instead of the original location, G Worldwide plans on building the $80 million property on 26th Street.
The relocation arose because a few owners of the six-acre Middle River Trailer Park, off Northeast 24th Street, between Dixie Highway and 15th Avenue, refused to sell the property. G Worldwide offered $2.5 million for the land.
"The sellers cannot convey clear title because the children [of the owner who died] are feuding over whether the property should be sold," says G Worldwide attorney Dean Trantalis.
The company instead signed a $3.7 million contract for four acres at the site of the First Church of Religious Science. The current building will be bulldozed to make way for the resort.
David Holzapfel, COO of G Worldwide, says the company plans to build an $80 million, 700,000-square-foot resort with a hotel, fitness center, spa, nightclub, restaurants, art gallery, banquet center and a movie theater. "It's better curb appeal," Holzapfel says of the new location at 1550 NE 26th St.
Earlier this year, residents of Middle River Trailer Park were told to vacate and some left their dilapidated trailers behind.
Trantalis says the company tried to purchase the trailer park more than a year ago from the trustees of the property who, he said, "are required to sell it because they can't pay the taxes, can't pay the property."
The park has been owned by the Yawt family for more than 50 years and three of the four beneficiaries refused to sell. The family dispute wound up in court and "stymied our effort to purchase," Trantalis says.