D CEO’s Shawn Shinneman got a statement this afternoon stating that the expected $83.3 million sale of the former Parkland Memorial Hospital to Sam Ware’s Dreien Opportunity Partners was not completed yesterday, April 17, as scheduled.
Last month, the Dallas County commissioners narrowly approved an amendment to the sale following some squabbles that the deal wasn’t as favorable to the county hospital as some wanted. Ware has hopes to turn the 38-acre campus into a mixed-use project with micro-unit apartments, a hotel, condos, and more.
About two weeks ago, Ware asked Parkland for a 30-day extension in closing the deal because his undisclosed local lender needed more time to close about $53 million in senior debt. The county commissioners denied an extension, Ware says, though he offered “significant dollars” for it, in addition to the earnest money already in the deal.
Ware intends to rebid for the project. “That’s the only option here,” he says. “No one has the amount of information we’ve created at this project.” Ware has been adamant since he first got involved in the project that he plans to restore, rather than demolish, the former hospital. “What I really hope doesn’t happen is that someone wins the bid and then knocks it down.”
Parkland hasn’t returned calls for comment. We’re working to learn more details. Statement after the jump, below.
Parkland has been notified that Dreien Opportunities LLC, who had entered into an $83.3 million deal to purchase the former Parkland Memorial Hospital campus, was not able to complete and close the necessary financing within the time frame required under the purchase agreement. The deadline for closing the purchase for the property was April 17, 2018.
Under the contract Parkland will retain the $3 million earnest money.
Parkland is preparing to remarket the property. During the remarketing period, Dreien, as well as other interested potential purchaser’s may make proposals for Parkland’s consideration. Following the remarketing period, Parkland’s management team and Board of Directors, as well as the County Commissioner’s Court will consider all proposals and determine which proposal is in the public’s best interest.