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Posted on: February 2, 2022

City Commission to review and approve Waterworks Building lease

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St. Johns Cultural Council will operate as a community center


At their January 10, 2022, meeting, the City Commission directed staff to finalize the terms of a lease with the St. Johns Cultural Council, Inc., and to make the document publicly available.  The City Commission will review the lease at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 14, and is expected to approve the final terms.

The Waterworks Building, located at 184 San Marco Avenue, will be leased to the Cultural Council for use of the building as a community center providing arts, culture, and educational programing.

The building contains an open assembly room that can accommodate approximately 150 seats, a small stage, two offices, a kitchen/break room, a storage room and three ADA-compliant restrooms.  The 51-space parking lot associated with the Waterworks Building is a public parking lot that also serves the Public Library and Florida National Guard Armory.  There are an additional 11 reserved spaces for the Public Library that are situated on land owned by St. Johns County. 

Highlights of the lease agreement include:

  • An initial 3-year term with 10-year following terms.
  • A monthly payment of $500 with an annual adjustment based on the CPI.  These fees should be placed in a restricted fund for future maintenance of the property.
  • Interior Build-Out, Custodial Service and Utilities are the lessee’s responsibility.
  • City maintains the structural integrity of the building and maintains the AC units, landscaping, and fencing.  If the lessee does not complete the initial term, there will be partial reimbursements for permanently affixed real property improvements.
  • Alcohol sales and service is allowed inside the building and on the outdoor music platform only.
  • No amplified music is allowed outside of the building or on the outdoor music platform between the hours of 9:00pm-9:00am. 
  • Lessee acknowledges that the parking lot is a public lot which is also used by National Guard and the lease does not give the lessee the right to park on the county owned library property.
  • Events may not be held after 10:00pm.
  • Typical indemnification, hold harmless and insurance clauses.

The complete lease is available here.

Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.825.1053 or via email.

View the Complete Lease
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