The City of Asheville is threatening to terminate its lease agreement with Pack Place.
A letter from city manager Gary Jackson claims “repairs and maintenance have been neglected for years” and there is “no indication of any hope to satisfy the necessary requirements.” The letter included an attached list of necessary building maintenance, saying if Pack Place fails to come up with $419,800, the lease may be terminated. The ten-year lease is set to expire at the end of May.
Pack Place board chairman Edward Hay said the city’s claims are “not true” and that it’s too early for the board to respond to the letter. Hay added that the Pack Place board recently approved spending nearly $140,000 to repair the roof and has prioritized other needed capital expenses. Hay says the Pack Place Board’s number one priority is renewal of the lease but City Manager Jackson says the city prefers direct leases with each of the building’s tenants.
Located near Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, the Pack Place Education, Arts, and Science Center opened in the summer of 1992. The facility is home to Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth and Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theater and nearby YMI Cultural Center.