Clewiston Commerce Park adds new companies

CLEWISTON — The sales of two properties in the Clewiston Commerce Park were approved on 4-0 votes at Monday night’s City Commission meeting. One is to a company that will manufacture fragrances there; the other is for the eventual construction of a new facility for a company that supplies harvester parts to agricultural companies.

Commissioners approved resolutions to execute amended as-is contracts for sale and purchase of Lots 4 and 6 in the park between the city with NQAS Corp. and Polaroma LLC, respectively, adding Manuel U. Santamaria (Polaroma’s owner) as the purchaser of Lot 6 in addition to the corporation.

The city is selling Lot 6, whose address is 603 Commerce Court, for $71,876, and Lot 4, address 519 Commerce Court, for $52,808. At commissioners’ Dec. 17 meeting, City Attorney Gary Brandenburg explained what the contract requirements were for the buyers, stating that they have to provide title insurance; any surveys and any other studies will be at their expense; and after closing, the buyers must comply with the Commerce Park Industrial District ordinance by submitting an application and filing all of the required paperwork with the city. Buyers must give 30 days’ notice in advance of closing to the city if they decided to sell the property to an unrelated party; the city then would have the right to repurchase the property at the price they initially bought it for from the city.

Bertha Garcia addressed the commission at that meeting for Mr. Santamaria, owner of Polaroma LLC, and said Polaroma manufactures fragrances and flavors in Miami. She also stated that they plan to maintain a sales office in Miami and that manufacturing will be done in Clewiston. Ms. Garcia added that there are no hazardous materials and Polaroma does not do the finished product.

Also, Cheryl Gutjahr of Rawls Real Estate distributed a packet to the commission with a proposed drawing of the building that NQAS Corp. plans to construct on its purchased property. She explained that the company is looking to expand its facility and stated that it would be approximately three years until construction is complete because they are currently under a lease in their present building. She also stated their plan is to pay cash for the property and finance the construction through a local bank. Ms. Gutjahr said that NQAS Corp. ships harvester replacement parts from Australia and then supplies them to the harvesting company and that no repairs are done at the facility.

Mayor Mali Gardner brought up the amended resolutions at the meeting Monday, Feb. 4, and said closing was set for next week with Polaroma and Mr. Santamaria on Lot 6. For the sale of Lot 4 to NQAS Corp., she noted that the resolution was changed per City Attorney Brandenburg’s advice. “It will allow assignment to another wholly owned subsidiary of the purchaser,” he explained, confirming that he will act as escrow agent on behalf of the city. Both resolutions were passed 4-0 with no public comments. Commissioner Kristine Petersen was absent.

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