2017-07-26 / Front Page

Blue Ridge to lease space at Pines for five more years

by Kate Shunney

After several rounds of edits, a lease between Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and the Morgan County Building Commission for a section of The Pines Opportunity Center was approved by the Morgan County Commission on July 19.

The Building Commission, which owns The Pines, must give the final okay on the lease. The agreement extends the college’s presence at the former War Memorial Hospital building for another five years.

Commissioner Ken Reed, who spearheaded the lease negotiations, said the college has an established relationship with Procter & Gamble, the manufacturing giant that is leasing another wing of the former hospital building. Reed indicated that the two building tenants promise to bring substantial job training and education benefits to local residents.

The lease begins August 1 and covers all of the space the college has been renting from the county for the last several years. It includes a clause which raises the rent each year of the 5-year lease.

Under the lease, Blue Ridge will pay the county $31,999.99 for the 2018 fiscal year, $63,240 for the 2019 fiscal year, $64,504 for the 2020 fiscal year, $66,795 for the 2021 fiscal year and $67,110 in the 2022 fiscal year.

Reed said the community college will pay a smaller amount this fiscal year because they will foot the bill for painting and flooring improvements in their section of the building. The lease term in this fiscal year covers 11 months, rather than a full year.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is headquartered in Martinsburg, but offers classes and job training programs at the Berkeley Springs center for food service, pet grooming, robotics and other courses.

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