ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball has purchased two buildings, totaling 10,348 square feet, at 9550 16th Street North in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will move its headquarters there later this year. For the past 10 years, the building housed the non-profit group "R-Club Child Care, Inc." Another 3,600 square foot addition will be built on the property to accommodate the needs of the Minor League Baseball staff.
The future home of Minor League Baseball is located eight miles north of the current office's downtown St. Petersburg location.
"After over 30 years in our current home in St. Petersburg, the time had come for us to secure a property that could become the home for Minor League Baseball for the next 30 years," said Minor League Baseball Executive Vice President & COO Tim Purpura. "We sincerely appreciate the support we received from our member clubs, leagues and our Board of Trustees to make this purchase a reality. This move will help us to increase our productivity and staff morale, while also giving us cost certainty in these difficult economic times."
Minor League Baseball has partnered with two St. Petersburg companies on the project. Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Inc. (Lisa Wannemacher - Principal Architect) designed the addition, as well as the renovations to be performed in the larger of the two purchased buildings. Hennessey Construction Services will complete the existing building renovations, as well as construct the addition.
Financing for the purchase of the buildings, and the construction of the addition, was secured through Regions Bank. Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. handled the negotiation of the purchase for Minor League Baseball.
Minor League Baseball has called its current location at 201 Bayshore Drive SE home since March 28, 1978. The governing body for the sport moved its headquarters to St. Petersburg from Columbus, Ohio, in September 1973.