DaVita elects to terminate lease agreement with county

Published 2:15 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DaVita dialysis centers will not be leasing space in the Hayneville Plaza.

According to a letter read at Monday night’s County Commission meeting by Commission Administrator Jackie Thomas from Damon Green, division vice president for Renal Treatment Centers-Southeast LP, the company declined to make some $400,000 repairs to fix defects in the building in lieu of paying yearly rent.

Renal treatment Centers-Southeast LP is a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

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It was announced by former Hayneville Mayor Helenor Bell in January of 2013 that a dialysis center had been approved for Hayneville, which a representative of DaVita said was expected to open in 2014.

However, according to the letter from Green, the County Commission declined to fix defects in the Hayneville Plaza that Thomas said would have cost more than $400,000 to repair.

According to the letter, read by Thomas, the county wanted DaVita to make the repairs in lieu of paying yearly rent until the cost to repay DaVita had been met.

Renal Treatment Centers-Southeast LP decided to end the lease agreement for Davita saying, “After careful review and consideration the tenants (DaVita) elect not to perform such repairs to correct the defects at the premises and accept the landlord’s (county’s) request to terminate the lease…”

When asked if DaVita was seeking another location in Lowndes County, County Commission Chairman Robert Harris said, “We don’t know that yet. We haven’t resumed talks with them since we received the letter.”

But he said, “I will be making contact with them to resume talks to see if there would be anotherlocation, as well, because we definitely don’t want to not have a dialysis center in the county because it’s very much needed.”

In a related matter, the County Commission voted to table action to spend some $48,000 to repair storm damage to the ballroom at Hayneville Plaza.

County Commissioner Brenson Crenshaw said, “We lost revenue by not having that part of the building available.”

The County Commission approved a consent agenda including an annual appropriation to the National Voting Rights Museum in the amount of $3,500 and an appropriation to the Auburn Extension Livestock Show in the amount of $2,500.

The County Commission also voted to allow County Engineer David Butts, who serves as Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency Director, to make the call Tuesday night as to whether county offices should open Wednesday or not due the approaching winter storm.