Thursday, May 19, 2016

From The Lake Worth Herald: "Commission Approves Purchase of Chamber of Commerce Building"

Also in this week's (5/19) issue of The Lake Worth Herald is news about Vegetation Amnesty Week, the upcoming Crime Walk on Sunday, pictures of the REAP Grant recipients, a list of events, and so much more including ads for local businesses.

To subscribe to the Herald use this link or visit the City's news stand at the corner of 'L' Street and Lake Ave. in the downtown to pick up the print edition. Below are excerpts from the news about our downtown 'Chamber' building located across the street from the Cultural Plaza:

     In 2004, the Lake Worth City Commisison approved assigning a $200,000 County grant to the Greater Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce to assist the Chamber with the purchase and renovation of the property located at 501 Lake Avenue.
     The City Commission conditioned the assignment of grant money on a "reverter” clause, requiring the Chamber to return the $200,000 to the City if the Chamber ever ceased to exist and the property was sold.

[and. . .]

     The Central Palm Beach Chamber has leased “most” of the building to “Gratitude House” which has kept the front lobby area as a sort of visitor’s center.
     Jo Englessson, owner of Gratitude Training told the commission “We already allow people to come use the conference room. That’s our deal that we have with the Chamber right now.” Englessson continued, “Anyone can come rent it, use it as space. Nobody really has so I don’t know if people just don’t know about it.”

[and. . .]

     The City and Chamber have tentatively agreed on a price of $250,000. According to the Palm Beach Property Appraiser, the Property’s total market value for 2015 is listed as $374,987. City Manager Michael Bornstein said it is typically assumed that the listed total market value with the Property Appraiser is at least 20 percent less than the true market value.

[No surprise, it was another in a long line of 3-2 votes in opposition to almost everything. . .]

     The Commission voted 3-2 to move forward with the purchase. Commissioners Christopher McVoy and Ryan Maier cast the dissenting votes.

Heavy sigh.