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Board OKs Leasing Fairfax House To U-Gas

House will be moved on the site at Manchester & McKnight roads

October 07, 2011
After meeting in closed session, the Rock Hill Board of Aldermen on Tuesday authorized a lease on the city-owned Fairfax House with U-Gas. U-Gas is the new owner of the property at the northwest corner of Manchester and McKnight roads.

Board Member Philip Scherry cast the lone dissenting vote.

According to Scherry, the lease does not contain any references to the length of time for the lease, nor costs.

"The only reference is to location," he said.

City Administrator George Liyeos said that the existing lease with the former property owner, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, was not being changed, only amended to reflect the new owner, U-Gas.

"The city attorney had said that there might be a reason to make modifications to the lease when it came to this point," Scherry said, adding that he had some questions about the lease.

At City Attorney Paul Martin's suggestion, the board went into closed session following the regular meeting.

Sherry said he voted against the measure "in order to look out for the future interests of the city. Now is the time to make modifications to the lease that helps protect the Fairfax House for generations to come."

Liyeos said the cost in the original lease was $10 a year and the term was for 90 years.

"None of that had been touched, so we came to the conclusion that the best bet is to amend that lease to reflect the language that we have right now as it relates to relocating the property to its new location to keep things simple," he said.

U-Gas plans call for the house to be relocated on the site to make room for a gas station. The historic church on the property will be razed.

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