January 27, 2006
For five years, the Charlottesville Police have made a home in the Frank Ix building, but that run is coming to an end.
Back in 2000, the Charlottesville Police Department signed a contract with Monticello Associates, the owner of the Frank Ix building to stay rent free for five years. That contract has expired, forcing a part of the Neighborhood Services Bureau to move elsewhere.
Talks began several months ago between the police department and Monticello Associates about collecting rent for the building space. They were asking for $40,000 a year and after detailed consideration, the police department decided against it. The substation services the Belmont area, and residents there say they hope they see no ill affects.
"Thinking about it, we generally have good police response time, and I'm curious to see what the affect will be when they do close the substation, because I'm not sure where they dispatch from when they come to issues in Belmont," said Chris Gensic, President of the Belmont-Carlton Neighborhood Association.
Police Chief Tim Longo was not available for an on camera interview but did release this statement.
"A few months ago, we were notified of the ownership's desire to collect a rent for the space. Inasmuch as such rent would constitute an unfunded expenditure for which the department was not budgeted, we were compelled to vacate the property in order that it may be leased," he stated.
Calls to Monticello Associates about this matter went unreturned this afternoon. The office will be vacated by January 31st.