ADICA mulls skate park lease

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Board of Directors for the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority voted Wednesday to draft a prospective lease agreement that would turn over control of a popular skate park location on the east side of the river to a local developer.

After hearing multiple proposals, a committee consisting of ADICA board members recommended a proposal by Lane Rosen, who shared his vision of expanding operations at the skate park including installing zip lines that span the river and creating a floating and boating aspect to operations.

On an unanimous vote, the board agreed to get interim ADICA Attorney Nathan Davis to draw up a one-year lease agreement that would base rent on gross sales at the facility, but would be no less than $100 per month and no more than $750.

The board also agreed to temporarily suspend rent payments for 120 days in an effort to expedite the startup of the facility.

Additionally, Rosen will be required to carry his own insurance and will have the option to renew the lease for an additional year when the first year expires.

But before the board voted, they discussed the merits of continuing to lease the property or whether to consider selling it.

"I think we really should consider putting it on the market for sale; we get what we can get for it and we end our liabilities," board member Bob Kraselsky said. "We don't really need to be in the skate park business."

But Albany City Commission Mayor Pro-Tem Christopher Pike, who was attending Wednesday's meeting, asked the board not to be short-sighted and offload the property.

"I'm a visionary. I like to look five or 10 years down the road. That is prime property. I know it may not be so right now, but in 10 or 20 years you'll be able to sell that property for a substantial sum of money," Pike said.

Rosen was the only developer willing to pay any type of rent on the property, which closed last year when the former operator moved away.

But before the lease can be executed, ADICA had to decide how to deal with the work of vandals who have destroyed part of the fencing around the park and have broken at least one window.

In a separate vote, the board voted to authorize Interim CEO James Taylor to spend an estimated $4,200 to repair the fence and $120 to fix the window, as soon as the lease is finalized and executed.

The fence is a liability to ADICA, Taylor said, because the board currently has no liability insurance on the property.