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Council to review downtown leases

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set Monday evening to discuss multiple downtown lease agreements among other topics.

The council will consider approving the following lease agreements:

■ Natarlin Best, doing business as Best Lawrence Law, 2,183 square feet of space in the Burnett Building at 184-188 East Thomas Street in the Historic Douglas Block. Terms are two-year lease at $1,819 per month.

■ Dr. Sharon Romney, doing business as Wee Care Pediatrics, 2,203 square feet of space in the Stokes Building at 200-210 East Thomas Street in the Historic Douglas Block. Terms are two-year lease at $1,833 per month.

■ Kimberly Thigpen, doing business as The Bath Place, 677 square feet of space in the Douglas Building located at Main Street in the Historic Douglas Block. Terms are $564 a month.

■ Janice Brinkley, doing business as Brinkley’s TV & Appliance, 544 square feet of space in the Manhattan Building at 152-154 East Thomas Street in the Historic Douglas Block. Terms are two-year lease at $861 a month.

■ Chivon Turner, doing business as Nancy’s Creations, 739 square feet of space in the Douglas Building at 211 North East Main Street in the Historic Douglas Block. Terms are two-year lease at $616 a month.

■ Gary Sharpe, doing business as Hotline Express Room 308, 230 square feet of space in the Train Station located at the intersection of Hammond Street and Florida Avenue. Terms are two-year lease at $255 a month.

■ Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce, 4,800 square feet on the second floor and 400 square feet on the third floor of the Helen P. Gay Historic Train Station. Terms are a four-year lease at $2,197 monthly.

■ The Railroad Museum, 333 square feet in suites 106 and 107 of the Helen P. Gay Historic Train Station. Lease begins March 1 and continues until terminated at an annual payment of $1. The space must be used as a railroad museum. If the space isn't used for that purpose the city can terminate the lease with a 10 day notice.

The city must provide public notice of the intent to lease property for 30 days, in accordance with N.C.General S tatute 160.

City staff recommends the council adopt resolutions authorizing the city clerk to advertise notice of intent to lease property.

The council also will consider rescheduling or canceling the council meeting scheduled for May 27 since that's Memorial Day.

The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building. The council generally holds a workshop at 5 p.m. prior to first regular monthly meeting.

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