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January 25, 2013

Salem council OKs annex lease

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“That is something we don’t want to do,” Councilor Paul Prevey said last night. “Three years is long enough.”

This winter’s discussion and approval of the 120 Washington St. lease contrasts starkly with those in 2011, when debate between the mayor and some councilors became heated.

The subcommittee to search for an alternative location for the City Hall Annex was formed as discussions reached a boiling point, but the group never met.

The council voted to reactivate that subcommittee last night, charging it to report back to the City Council with an update at the board’s first meeting in September.

Fallon, an agent at Tache Real Estate, was at this week’s administration and finance subcommittee meeting and volunteered to join the search committee, Prevey said.

This fall, the city requested proposals for annex office space but received only one reply: RCG, the landlord of 120 Washington St. The request sought a 20,000- to 25,000-square-foot space located 700 feet or less from City Hall.

The lease, negotiated between RCG and city officials, charges $366,000 for the first year’s rent, $378,000 for the second year’s rent and $390,000 for the third year’s rent.

The agreement also asks RCG to install new flooring, repaint walls and renovate the elevator.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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