County and Family Resource Center reach agreement on extending lease.
A win/win decision, but not the final one.
Threatened with 60-day notice of lease termination, the Family Resource Center now has agreement for a longer-term lease that keeps that organization and two others in their home at the Historic Hernando School through September 2020.
The longer lease gives the resource center, Friends of the Citrus County Library System and Episcopal Children’s Services more time to find a new home when the county razes the building as part of the restoration of the historic building.
The wing occupied by these organizations was added later and is not part of the historic structure, so it will not be restored.
Additionally, the building needs roof repairs and possible air conditioning, and the county has been hesitant to spend money on these repairs for a building scheduled to be torn down.
For this reason, the county had planned for a commission vote at the May 28 meeting to send notices to these agencies that their leases would be terminated in
This schedule created major problems, particularly for the resource center, which provides multiple services to individuals and families in the Hernando area.
Fortunately for the building tenants, and for Citrus County citizens who receive services from them, the county and the agencies reached a compromise that extends leases through September 2020, with
the provision that the organizations will be financially responsible for roof or air conditioning repairs should they be needed.
This gives more time for the organizations to find new homes, and does not commit the county making repairs to a building that will eventually be torn down. This seems like a reasonable compromise that protects the county from financial exposure and at the same time gives the organizations breathing room.
But even though this is a temporary reprieve, it is not the final solution. These organizations will still need to find new homes. Given the fact that the services they provide ultimately represent a savings to the county, we hope county officials will work with them to help find more permanent homes so that the services they offer will continue unabated.