BRADENTON — A building in the 500 block of 13th Street West will serve multiple purposes for its new owner, Galatians 6:2 Inc., with Gary Crawford as its president.
The 6,750-square-foot building with addresses of 516-518 was purchased by the not-for-profit Galatians for $250,000, with an Aug. 21 closing date, according to Manatee County property records.
Crawford, who owns Bi-It Consulting, which “manages business systems through technology and talent,” according to his website, has been renting space across the street from his new property for three years. Crawford said the purchase was primarily made to move his company into its own space, but said he runs other associated nonprofit, faith-based organizations from his space that also will be incorporated into the new space.
The former owner is William King, who in 2012 submitted a pre-development application to the city to transform the vacant building into “King’s Station,” a faith-based transit center for the homeless needing immediate services before transitioning to the One Stop Turning Points homeless services center on 17th Avenue West. While the city accepted the application, notes were made that the city would no longer encourage nonprofits to take existing properties off of the tax rolls.
The application never went any further and it expired a year later.