PUBLIC HEARING – LEASE OF BASEMENT LEVEL OF THE BROOKNEAL LIBRARY
In March of 2001, Campbell County received a Tobacco Commission Grant, in the amount of $200,000, to refurbish the unfinished basement level of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library in Brookneal. The space was renovated to be used by CVCC as an off-site campus to provide educational opportunities and workforce services training. CVCC operated the facility for several years and then abandoned it due to budgetary constraints.
Since that time, the refurbished space has been used periodically for educational purposes but has rarely had a permanent tenant. The property had GED and other classes offered on an infrequent schedule in the space for a number of years, then was leased out to two separate daycare provider starting in 2017. The second daycare provider ceased to use the building as a daycare in the fall of 2021. Brynn Simons, who operates the Altavista YMCA, has been operating the currently existing daycare on the site since September of 2022. At this time, the daycare only has room for three (3) additional children, demonstrating the need and support from the community for this service. The Altavista YMCA works with Campbell County to pursue funding in order to make the space more accommodating to their operations at their expense.
Staff received a request from the Altavista YMCA to renew the lease the basement level of the Patrick Henry Memorial Library for an additional term. Childcare options are greatly needed for the area around Brookneal, which has a large economically-challenged constituency and few licensed providers. The proposal from Ms. Simons is for a one-year lease of the facility with three renewal option years. The current lease calls for rent at $5.00 a square foot. The renewal lease calls for rent to escalate at a rate of $.50 per square foot per year for all subsequent terms.
In order for the Board to consider leasing public property, Section 15.2-1800 requires the Board to hold a Public Hearing to allow for citizen feedback on the issue.
RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the Board of Supervisors hold a public hearing on the matter. After the public hearing, depending on the public input, the Board then can choose to authorize a lease for the property with proposed terms attached hereto.