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The Museum of Art – DeLand property at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. is for sale through a new listing agency as the museum continues its efforts to consolidate its operations and physical presence into the newly designated Arts, Cultural and Entertainment District in Downtown DeLand.

George S. Bolge, the museum’s CEO, said in a news release that the sale is precipitated by the program demands of an ever-expanding local and tourist audience, and the desire of the museum to collaborate more closely with the city in rebranding the Downtown as a tourist destination.

Lee Downer, president of the museum’s board of trustees, said in the news release, “With a successful collaboration with the city, we can attract more tourists, art professionals and art businesses to the area. Our vision is to be the cornerstone for the city in this new venture.”

In addition to the listed property, the Museum of Art – DeLand also has a gallery at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. It operates two Museum Stores, one focused on local artist offerings inside the more northerly building and the other, larger retail store adjacent to its Downtown Gallery on the northwest corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard.

The galleries located at 600 N. Woodland are open and will remain open until the property is sold, museum officials said.

Last year, the museum listed the property through Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. It was offered to Stetson University, but the school declined to buy it because of the price.

Broker John Kurtz of Stirling International Real Estate, who’s now representing the 600 N. Woodland property on behalf of the museum, said the property’s unique location and flexible site plan present multiple-use opportunities for the buildings and land.

“This property will flourish as any one of several possibilities, including a theater, museum, church, educational facility, and even an event space with shopping and restaurant or similar mixed-use combinations,” Kurtz said in a separate news release. “This unique, one-of-a-kind location equals a one-of-a-kind buyer opportunity.”

Situated on 2.07 acres, the property is a corner lot with street frontage on three sides. Stetson University’s campus is adjacent to the site on the south and east, and Downtown DeLand is within walking distance to the south.

The complex, now listed for $3.95 million (down from $5.25 million last year), includes the main building — which houses 15,222 square feet of gallery space and an 11,700-square-foot theater that seats 240, plus assorted classrooms, offices, dressing rooms and storage areas — and a 1,422-square-foot children’s annex with an outside deck. The property also includes 63 parking spaces and a 231-square-foot building that houses the heating and ventilation system.

The gallery/theater building was built in 1991, while the children’s annex was built in 1928 and renovated in 2010.

For more information, contact John Kurtz, Broker/Commercial & Development Properties, Stirling International Real Estate, at 407-864-9488 or at jkurtz@stirlingire.com.

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