Legislation would keep SOE at Gateway
Legislation filed Tuesday would keep the Supervisor of Elections in its current locations.
The main office is Downtown at 105 E. Monroe St. and its elections center is in leased space at the Gateway Shopping Center at 5200-2 Norwood Ave., north of Downtown.
The elections center's current lease is about $51,000 a month. It has been there since 2006.
City Council member John Crescimbeni filed the measure approving and authorizing the mayor to sign a 10-year lease at Gateway with property owner Terranova Corp.
The lease requires annual payments beginning at just under $25,000 with an annual 3 percent increase, according to the legislation.
In addition, Terranova would make property improvements that include repairing the HVAC unit, removing the escalators and installing two passenger elevators and a separate JEA meter box for the supervisor's control.
At least two other property owners also are offering leases for the center.
As reported, Demetree Brothers Inc. earlier this month offered a lease with two five-year options at Southgate Plaza, the site of the former Duval County Traffic Court and Traffic Violations Bureau, for 50,000 square feet.
The offer includes free rent for the first four months followed by a base rate of $25,000 for months five-12. Rent then would annually increase until year 10, capped at just under $37,000.
Grubb & Ellis Phoenix Realty Group revised its offer Feb. 5 for its One Imeson proposal in North Jacksonville.
The company has offered free rent for the first year to offset moving expenses and initial setup, and reimbursement of travel expenses for 625 annual trips.
For its 10-year, 50,000-square-foot proposal, rent would be more than $21,000 beginning the second year and end at more than $27,000 in year 10. The price does not include a $3,333 per month maintenance fee.
Mayor Alvin Brown has preferred a long-term lease for the office instead of constructing a new building, which Council member Clay Yarborough proposed in legislation filed in December.
He proposed design and construction of the partially constructed Sax property building at 816 W. Union St. Legislation is in Council committee.
In an analysis earlier this month, Brown's administration had a "strong recommendation" for the office to sign a lease at a location to be determined.
"The good that has resulted from filing the legislation is several interested parties have presented competitive, viable options that are in the best interest for Jacksonville taxpayers, and the bill has not even been voted on," Yarborough said earlier this month.