Congratulations to Ebisso Uka, owner of Rift Valley Transportation for his purchase of the building at 45 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN. Rift Valley provides transportation to children who have no other way to attend school. The 33,000 square foot building will be used for storage and maintenance of vehicles used in the transport of children to and from school.
The building was formerly the home of Sitma USA, an Italian based manufacturer of integrated mail processing equipment. It was built and added to in 1991 and 1997, respectively. The 27,000 square foot warehouse will house up to 80 vehicles and the 6,000 square foot office will be the hub of the 200-person Rift Valley company.
This was a complicated transaction. It required Phase II environmental and vapor testing, a Class N license from the City of St. Paul, in-depth building due diligence, construction bidding, and financing approval. John Young and Joe Schultz guided this purchase through its many hurdles with a very short due diligence period. Both John and Joe extend a hearty “Congratulations!” to Mr. Uka and his company.
John and Joe continue to work for Mr. Uka in the lease or sale of his current building at 1033 Thomas Avenue, St. Paul. This 14,000 square foot building is near Lexington and University Avenues and is a great location for another small business growing in St. Paul.
Written by John Young, CCIM | Vice President