VIP Petcare Services, a 14-year-old mobile pet vaccination service, purchased the 20,000-square-foot home of diesel-engine innovator NAK Engineering near Sonoma County Airport.

Windsor-based VIP Petcare (www.happypet.com) plans to quadruple the size of its facility in a move late this year from 10342 Old Redwood Highway, according to spokesman Devan Paddock.

"We've outgrown this location a while ago," he said. "The business is expanding, even with the collapse of the economy, as a low-cost vet alternative."

Will Santana and Ken Pecoraro started VIP Petcare in January 1995 as a provider of mobile vaccination clinics at pet and feed stores in the Bay Area.

The company now offers dog and cat shots, insertion of microchip identification devices, blood and fecal analyses, and treatment for fleas, ticks, ear mites and worms at stores and animal shelters. Each month VIP Petcare's veterinarians hold more than 200 on-site clinics and treat 8,000-plus pets throughout Northern California.

Skylane Properties LLC, operated by the founders of NAK, sold the single-story concrete tiltup flex-space building at 5813 Skylane Blvd. on June 23 to SSMP Properties LLC, operated by Mr. Pecoraro. Skylane Properties purchased the building in 2003 from Lafranchi Development, which built it.

The sale price was $2.2 million, or about $110 a square foot, according to Vic Shellenberg of Keegan & Coppin/Oncor International. He represented the seller, and Ron Reinking of Orion Partners represented SSMP.

The property was on the market for only two months and sold after an escrow of about that long, according to Mr. Shellenberg.

"It was the type of property and location that fit the buyer's need and profile," he said.


Basin Street Properties has inked another 10,000 square feet of deals in the first office building in Redwood Business Center. Leases for the three new tenants in the 58,000-square-foot class A building at 1383 N. McDowell Blvd. are set to start in October.

Riverport Insurance Co., part of property-casualty insurance carrier W.R. Berkley Corp., signed a five-year lease for 3,100 square feet. Minneapolis-based Riverport (www.riverportinsurance.com) specializes in human services, governments, schools, self-insured entities, associations and purchasing groups.

Started in 1989, Riverport came into its current form in 2004, when Nonprofits Insurance Co. merged with Riverport Insurance Co. of California. Its western region office is located in Novato.

Large national auto insurer Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. (www.progressive.com) inked a five-year lease for 4,150 square feet at Redwood Business Center.

Board-certified ophthalmologist Paul Campion (www.paulfcampionmd.com) signed a six-year lease for 2,000 square feet. Dr. Campion set up his private practice in Petaluma in 1988 and currently is in a medical office building at 1456 Professional Dr. next to Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Tom Braman of Braman & Associates represented Riverport in its lease deal, and Josh Lindberg of Cushman & Wakefield represented Basin Street. Mr. Lindberg represented both Progressive and Basin Street. Brian Foster of NAI BT Commercial represented both Dr. Paul Campion and Basin Street.

Basin Street has signed leases with Cyan Optics and Glass Mountain Capital in the building and completed the Club One fitness center in a second building in Redwood Business Center.


San Jose-based Sky Park Properties LLC is working with lender East West Bank of Union City to restructure financing for 33,800-square-foot industrial condominium project Skylane Business Park. There was a wrinkle in getting the 29-unit condominium map recorded, according to developer Doug Stricker.

Sky Park had lined up Microlux as a 3,000-square-foot tenant earlier this year, but the discovery of a $60,000 property-tax bond needed to record the map has challenged the $8.2 million project, according to Mr. Stricker.


The Ukiah Redevelopment Agency is purchasing 18 acres of Highway 101 frontage land in seven parcels in the Redwood Business Park and Airport Business Park at the south end of the city and has options on 14.75 more acres.

The almost $4.2 million purchase is expected to close escrow Aug. 4.

"This is where Costco should be going and if it were to come back to town this would be the place," said NAI BT Commercial's Dennis Brisken, who has been advising the city on assemblage of parcels and finishing development of the business parks.

The city has been trying to attract Costco and Sam's Club for years. The latter is awaiting a larger pool of shoppers, according to Mr. Brisken.

Costco has expressed interest in putting a store in Developers Diversified Realty's proposed Mendocino Crossing mixed-use development on former Masonite land just north of the city.

A measure on the November ballot will determine whether the Masonite land can be rezoned for that use.


Madera-based Stravinski Development Group (www.icc-stravinski.com) plans to celebrate the completion of its 728,000-square-foot, two-building wine warehouse project in American Canyon on July 15 at 4 p.m.

In the 411,000-square-foot building at 644 Hanna Court, Valley Wine is leasing 220,000 square feet, Billet Transportation has 80,000 square feet, Orion Warehousing leased 20,000 square feet, Vinfolio has taken 20,000 square feet. A lease is pending for about 60,000 square feet, according to Stravinski broker Steve Brock.

He said the deals have been hard-won, with a lot of explanation required about the wine-specific features in the warehouses that justify the premium for the space over traditional warehouse space.

"I've never worked this hard to lease a building," he said. "I thought I had these deals done three or four times before they closed."

A 200,000-square-foot lease is pending for the 307,000-square-foot building.

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