Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

April 10, 2018

Agenda Report # 103



TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Lease Agreement – 685 Front Avenue –Historic Columbus

INITIATED BY: Community Reinvestment



Recommendation: Approval is requested to enter into a lease agreement with Historic Columbus to lease the Chattahoochee Promenade house located at 685 Front Avenue for $1 per year for a period of twenty (20) years.

Background: The City owns the property located at 685 Front Avenue (Chattahoochee Promenade House). The house was built in the late 1860s by Benjamin F. Coleman and was located on the corner of 7th Street and Front Avenue. With the cooperation of the City of Columbus and the Columbus Housing Authority, and the generous donation by the Junior League, the house was moved to its present site and renovated in 1976. The property was occupied by Keep Columbus Beautiful from 1986 to 2014, and has been vacant since that time. Historic Columbus is requesting to lease the building for twenty (20) years for $1 per year. They would like to conduct substantial renovations to the building and then sublease the building to a separate organization. The proceeds from renting the house will help fund ongoing needs at Heritage Park and the Promenade.

Analysis: The property has been vacant for approximately 4 years and is currently in need of repairs. Historic Columbus will renovate at no cost to the City, which will improve the aesthetics to the neighborhood and increase the value of the structure. Historic Columbus will also be responsible for maintenance, utilities, and insurance.

Financial Considerations: There will be no cost burden to the City. The tenant will be responsible for all improvements, maintenance and utilities, and will be required to maintain liability and property insurance.

Legal Considerations: Any lease agreement involving the City requires Council approval.

Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested to enter a lease agreement with Historic Columbus to lease the building at 685 Front Avenue for $1 per year for a period of twenty (20) years.


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A RESOLUTION
NO. ______

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH HISTORIC COLUMBUS TO LEASE THE BUILDING AT 685 FRONT AVENUE FOR $1 PER YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF TWENTY (20) YEARS.

WHEREAS, the City owns the Promenade house located at 685 Front Avenue; and,

WHEREAS, the building is currently vacant and Historic Columbus is requesting to lease it; and,

WHEREAS, Historic Columbus plans to conduct substantial renovations at no cost to the City; and,

WHEREAS, Historic Columbus will sublease the property to another organization once the renovations are complete and use the rental proceeds to help fund ongoing needs at Heritage Park and the Promenade; and,

WHEREAS, the City will charge the tenant $1 per year for a period of twenty (20) years and the tenant will be responsible for all improvements, maintenance costs, utilities and will be required to maintain liability and property insurance.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to enter into a lease agreement with Historic Columbus to lease the Promenade house located at 685 Front Avenue for $1 per year for a period of twenty (20) years.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2018, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor