Dillon’s Old Town Hall lease on hold
DILLON – Marcella Perkins is hoping Dillon town officials will agree to lease the Old Town Hall to the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts (LDFPA) for 10 years.
The organization uses the building for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, and its lease ends at the end of this year.
Perkins, president of the LDFPA, said organization officials would like a long-term lease so they can have access to the entire building and make minor renovations.
But Dillon council members tabled the first reading of the lease at their meeting Tuesday, after Councilmember Judee Cathrall expressed concerns with the building’s asbestos and lead paint problems. Council members agreed to discuss the lease in detail during their June 25 work session.
“We can’t go into a 10-year lease without all the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted,” said Councilmember Lorin Gardner. “We’re more than happy to have them, especially on a long-term lease. We feel that they’re an asset to the town.”
Gardner said the tabling has more to do with finalizing details of the tenant-landlord relationship than anything else. Although “there is a possibility of lead-based paint on the windowsills and asbestos in the … caulking on the windows,” Gardner said there is “no indication there are any hazardous materials anywhere in the building” and the town wouldn’t consider leasing the building if there were.
Perkins said she is aware of the possibility of asbestos and lead paint in the building, but an inspection report shows there’s only a small amount. “Of course, it’s got to be taken care of,” she said.
Currently a portion of the building is used to store sports equipment, and Perkins said the LDFPA board wants that area because it needs more space for dressing rooms. The board also wants to add several bathrooms, as the building only has one now, and move their sound booth.
The renovations will cost roughly $100,000 to $150,000, Perkins said, adding the LDFPA has yet to raise the money and will do so through fund raising and contributions.
According to Gardner, the town has to make alternative arrangements for the equipment storage before finalizing the lease with the LDFPA.
“If they’re going to lease the building from us, they let them lease the whole building,” Gardner said.
Perkins said she’s eager for the lease to be approved, so they can begin their renovations.
“We do have people lined up to do the work, so it would be nice to move along (with the lease),” Perkins said.
The lease is expected to return to council’s agenda for a first reading July 2.
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