Century Delays Business Center Space Leases For Non-Profit, Church At $1 Per Month : NorthEscambia.com

After a lengthy discussion this week, the Century Town Council postponed the action at $1 per month for a church and nonprofit.

Leases have been prepared for approval for a building (pictured below) at the Century Business Center on Pond Street for Northwest Florida Community Outreach (NWFCO) and for a room (pictured above) at the center of Wesley Chapel CME Church. No action was taken after both organizations raised concerns about non-functioning air conditioning units.

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.

“We need to keep those (HVAC units) working,” Mayor Ben Boutwell said. “That’s just a good thing.”

The council reached a general consensus to defer action on the leases until the heating and cooling systems could be evaluated to determine an estimated repair cost.

Interim city manager Vernon Prather said basic problems can be repaired using the city’s regular maintenance budget. If the problems are more serious, Prather said the city could fund replacement units from local sales tax revenues (LOST).

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

Wesley Chapel CME Church has been holding services in the Business Center for years, 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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