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On Aug. 24, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and Senior Economic Development Manager Paul Zalmezak recommended that a proposal submitted by Good to Go Jamaican Cuisine to lease 633 Howard St. from the City not be considered any further and that the City pursue new lease opportunities for the property. The property is owned by the City and was previously used as a police outpost. The Economic Development Committee accepted the recommendation.

Good to Go submitted a proposal to lease the property in April, but the Economic Development Committee directed staff to negotiate with Strawdog Theatre, which had expressed interest in temporarily leasing the property. Strawdog subsequently said they were no longer interested in leasing the property, and the City turned to discussing a lease of 633 Howard with Good to Go.

Good to Go’s proposal asked the City for $150,000 to complete the restaurant build-out and also asked the City to pay for the entire cost of a roof top deck. Good to Go also asked that it be permitted to lease with an option to own, something initially contemplated when the City sought proposals for the property.

A memo prepared by Mssrs. Bobkiewicz and Zalmezak said it was in the City’s best interest to maintain the property as a City asset and not to lease the property with an option to purchase it. In addition, the memo states that the financial contributions that Good to Go sought from the City exceeded what the City had anticipated.