Among possibilities for former Digital Domain building: Port St. Lucie Parks and Recreation facility

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Among options being tossed around for the former Digital Domain studio: home to a life sciences company, a new technology hub -- or a new facility for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, City Council will hold a workshop where City Manager Jeff Bremer will present a rough plan of how the city hopes to market and eventually sell the facility.

After Digital Domain filed for bankruptcy Sept. 11, 2012, city officials have worked to find a new occupant for the 115,000-square-foot Tradition facility built for the movie company.

Since then, there has been one serious offer on the studio from Vero Beach resident Richard Friedberg, but that deal fell through in November.

In a 27-page document available via the Port St. Lucie website, Bremer includes information on a strategic plan for selling the studio, including a prospect development and marketing proposal from the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County.

Bremer also includes a presentation from the city's Parks and Recreation Department discussing the merits of the city maintaining ownership of the building.

Among the Parks and Recreation Department's suggestions for the studio:

• Rehabilitate the two soccer fields currently on the property.

• Install a playground.

• Create a water feature.

• Host day care and summer camps.

• Create a senior center.

• Offer room rentals.

• Create an indoor extreme park that includes a skate park, rock climbing wall and roller and ice skating arenas.

• Offer the space as a hurricane shelter.

• Add basketball and racquetball courts.

If you go

What: Port St. Lucie City Council workshop

When: 9:30 a.m. Friday

Where: Port St. Lucie City Hall, 121 S.W. Port St. Lucie Blvd.

More information: Click here to go to the Port St. Lucie website

Background on the former Digital Domain studio

• The city built the facility by issuing $39.9 million in bonds. About $24 million of that money went toward the design and construction of the studio.

• The city's annual debt payments related to the cost of building the studio are about $3.4 million and come out of the city's operating fund —an account that also pays for staff salaries, police and other city services.

• The city's first lessee for the space is Exponential Church, which pays $300 a week to use the two theaters for five hours on Sundays.

• Port St. Lucie made almost $336,000 from auctioning equipment and furnishings from the building after Digital Domain's bankruptcy.

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