A Georgia-based company has purchased fifteen properties in downtown Asheville for $28.3 million. The buildings include the Jackson Building, the city’s first skyscraper (pictured above), opened in 1924 and still holding the world record as the tallest building on the smallest lot. The adjacent, attached buildings spanning the western portion of Pack Square Park, featuring the ornate 8-story Westall Building, formerly home of Blue Ridge Savings Bank, are also included; as are two buildings to the south, on Biltmore Avenue, long the home of Marble Slab Creamery; a block of buildings on the southwest corner of Biltmore and Patton avenues, featuring Bomba and Salsas; and three other tracts. A long-term lease was entered into for the parking garage just south of Marble Slab and the appurtenant retail properties along Eagle Street. The buyer goes by the name of Pack Square Property Management, a limited liability company registered in Delaware, but with the parent company Wicker Park Capital Management, based in Georgia. The latter has invested over $6.7 billion in real estate deals across the country, with recent transactions being residential and retail investments of the same scale as the Asheville deal. The sellers are a group of seven investors who bought the property for $15 million in 2004. They were reportedly looking for a buyer who could bankroll more upkeep for historic preservation.