VyStar Pays $59 Million For Downtown Jacksonville SunTrust Tower

VyStar Credit Union announced Tuesday afternoon that it completed the purchase of SunTrust Tower Downtown for $59 million and will rebrand it VyStar Tower.

Colliers International Northeast Florida represented the seller, Mainstreet Capital Partners, which bought the tower in 2015 in a joint venture with CarVal Investors LLC for $31.1 million, according to our Jacksonville Daily Record news partner.

The 23-story tower at 76 S. Laura St. was built in 1989.

VyStar said in a news release that the tower was not listed for sale when it approached Mainstreet Capital Partners about purchasing the building.

A purchase and sale agreement was signed within three weeks of the initial meeting between the buyer and seller, it said.

“This transaction was mutually beneficial; it saved Mainstreet and CarVal a significant investment over the long-term by eliminating the expensive lease-up process, and it provided VyStar Credit Union with a long-term office space solution to meet its growing employee base,” said Chuck Diebel, executive vice president of Colliers International Northeast Florida.

“It’s also good for Downtown Jacksonville, because this move will bring several hundred employees to the area, thus supporting the broader neighborhood economy,” he said.

VyStar said previously it would relocate 700 employees to the tower.

Colliers International Northeast Florida will remain as the leasing agent for the building.

Brian Wolfburg, VyStar president and CEO, said buying the tower “was the most economical option to ensure our team has a strong home base from which to serve our 615,000 members across Florida. It’s also a visible sign of our commitment to the Jacksonville community as a great place to live, work and play.”

The release said Mainstreet Capital Partners and CarVal Investors LLC recently completed a three-year, $2 million renovation to update the Class A office tower.