Commissioners approve leases for Shawtown School building

Three new tenants set to move to renovated building

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The Harnett County Board of Commissioners gave the approval for three of the five spaces for lease inside the Shawtown School.

The panel approved leases for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Carolina, the 11th Judicial District Re-Entry Program and the Harnett United Police Activities League.

“The goal is to allow the three, since they are new occupants, to allow them to go ahead and begin to occupy the building,” Assistant County Manager Brian Haney said. “We’re asking the board to table the other two agreements in order to allow staff more time to discuss the agreements with these entities.”

The organizations will each have space in the newly renovated portion of the school. Leases for the remaining two tenants — The Shawtown School Alumni Association and Johnston-Lee-Harnett Community Action — were tabled with the intent of continuing to speak with the two agencies which will currently occupy a separate building not affected by the renovations.

“We weren’t able to have the discussions we needed with those two entities,” Haney said. “We’re going to schedule to speak with them this week, so it won’t be very long until the leases are finished.”

The approved agreements call for three year leases for each of the agencies at $1 per year, beginning in year two and for all subsequent years the agreements are renewed.

As a part of the agreement, the county will determine the cost per month for utilities for each agency. The county will then charge the agencies by square footage for their share of utilities.

All three agencies are also responsible for the cost of any upgrades or upfittings done to the rooms they will occupy.

Along with approving the lease agreements, the panel also gave the go-ahead to enter into a loan agreement for financing, acquisition and construction of the new Government Services Complex. The agreement cannot exceed $25,000,000.

“This will be the final approval that is required for issuing the limited obligation bonds for the Government Services Complex,” County Manager Paula Stewart told the commissioners while seeking approval. “The resolution approves issuance of the bonds, it will approve the financing team, the directors of the financing corporation, the use of the government services complex as collateral, the bond offering and legal documents.”

According to the schedule presented by Stewart, the county will seek approval of the bond issuance, as required by state statute, on Sept. 10. If approval is given by the Local Government Commission, the bonds will be up for sale on Sept. 18 and the bond closing would be on Oct. 10.

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