Century Approves Leases For Non-Profit, Church At $1 Per Month; Town Will Repair A/C : NorthEscambia.com

The Century Town Council voted Monday night to repair or replace heating and cooling units and move forward with $1-a-month leases for a church and nonprofit in what’s known as the Century Business Center on Pond Street.

Leases were prepared for approval for a building (pictured below) for Northwest Florida Community Outreach (NWFCO) and for a room (pictured above) downtown for Wesley Chapel CME Church.

Under the terms of both leases, HVAC and other maintenance would be the tenant’s responsibility, not the city’s, because of the low rent. The ratification of the leases was delayed earlier this month after the potential tenants informed the city that the HVAC systems were not working properly.

A preliminary assessment has shown that some units may need to be replaced if repairs are not feasible given the age of the equipment. If reasonable repairs can be made, the city will use their general fund. If more expensive replacements are needed, they use local option tax funds.

On Monday night, the Century Council voted 3-0 to approve a five-year lease for the Northwest Florida Community Outreach and a two-year lease for Wesley Chapel. Both pay for future maintenance and their monthly utility bills.

NWFCO is a non-profit organization that has hosted several food giveaways and other public benefit events in Century over the past year.

Wesley Chapel CME Church has been holding services in the Business Center for years, but without a lease. The church’s Jefferson Street location was badly damaged — shifted from the foundation — by the February 2016 tornado that tore through Century. The remains of the building were reduced to rubble after an arsonist set it on fire in October 2016.

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