Century approves leases for a nonprofit church at $ 1 per month; City will fix air conditioning: NorthEscambia.com


Century City Council voted Monday night to repair or replace the heating and air conditioning units and move forward with $ 1 per month leases for a church and nonprofit in what is known as the name of Century Business Center on Pond Street.

Leases have been prepared for approval for a building (photo below) for Northwest Florida Community Outreach (NWFCO) and for a hall (photo above) at the center of Wesley Chapel CME Church.

Under both leases, HVAC and other maintenance would be the responsibility of the tenant, not the city, due to the low rent. Ratification of the leases was postponed earlier this month after potential tenants informed council that HVAC systems were not functioning properly.

An interim assessment revealed that some of the 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 its general fund. If more expensive replacements are needed, they will use the local option sales tax funds.

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

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

Wesley Chapel CME has held church services at the business center for several years, but without a lease. The church’s location on Jefferson Street was heavily damaged – moved from its foundations – by the February 2016 tornado that ravaged Century. The remains of the building were reduced to rubble after an arsonist set it on fire in October 2016.

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