Port St. Lucie OKs deals for Publix, other businesses to build in Tradition Commerce Park

By George Andreassi, Treasure Coast Newspapers

PORT ST. LUCIE — Publix Super Markets, two high-tech manufacturers and a retail developer are the City Council's first prospective purchasers in Tradition Commerce Park.

The council voted unanimously Monday to approve four deals involving 72 acres in the Commerce Park, including economic-incentive packages for the two manufacturers that would employ a total of 175 workers.

The council also voted unanimously to select Tambone Companies of Palm Beach Gardens to be master developer of the 1,223-acre Commerce Park in a joint venture with the city.

But the council rejected Tambone's offer of $5.2 million for 210 acres, or nearly $25,000 per acre, because it was too low. The council directed City Manager Russ Blackburn to negotiate a better offer from Tambone.

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