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File #: 18-7843    Name: Lease agreement Torpedo Factory Art Center
Type: Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/13/2018 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/23/2018 Final action:
Title: Public Hearing and approval of a Lease Agreement between the City of Alexandria and Sweetbake, Inc. for use of vacant caf? at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Attachments: 1. 18-7843_Proposed Lease Agreement
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM



DATE: JUNE 6, 2018

TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Public Hearing and approval of a Lease Agreement between the City of Alexandria and Sweetbake, Inc. for use of vacant caf? at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
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ISSUE: Public Hearing and approval of a Lease Agreement between the City of Alexandria and Sweetbake, Inc. for use of vacant caf? at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

RECOMMENDATION: That City Council hold a public hearing, and after the public hearing is concluded, authorize the City Manager to execute the Lease Agreement (Attachment) substantially in the form attached between the City of Alexandria and Sweetbake, Inc. and to authorize the City Attorney to take all actions necessary for execution of the Lease Agreement.

BACKGROUND: The Torpedo Factory Art Center currently has a vacant caf? space. The lease agreement between the City and Baba's Cooking School, LLC, due to expire on September 30, 2019, was ended by Baba's Cooking School, LLC on February 23, 2018 because its income did not support its operation in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Annual rent for Baba's Cooking School, LLC was approximately $4,140. Prior to the lease agreement with Baba's Cooking School, LLC, Bread & Chocolate, Inc. ended its lease claiming a similar hardship of income not supporting operations.

DISCUSSION: The Torpedo Factory Art Center is open seven days a week, 360 days a year. Annually, a steady stream of visitors explore artist studios, galleries, events, or take classes at The Art League. The City recognizes that a caf? space use would be an amenity to visitors to help support the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The caf? space is 268 square feet and is located on the first floor.

In April 2018, the City issued a Call for Caf? or Barista Management at ...

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