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Decatur negotiates lease for Scottish Rite space

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Decatur negotiates lease for Scottish Rite space

The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt
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The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

It’s been over a year since McGowan’s Oakhurst Pub suddenly closed, leaving the city’s historic Socttish Rite space empty and exposing a complicated lawsuit related to the property.

The Decatur City Commission voted to purchase the property, via the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, back in October. Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the DDA has reached an agreement on a final lease document with the new tenant.

In February, Menne said the city was considering proposals from two restaurants. She said she is unable to release details about the prospective new tenant at this time.

“We have reached agreement on a final lease document. However, we had to sign a ‘nondisclosure agreement’ because the new owner is currently employed,” Menne said.

She said the tenant will be revealed when the business owner gives the city the OK to release the information.

In other business news, Menne confirmed that cell phone company Sprint has leased the Twist N’ Scoot property next to Dancing Goats. That business closed last August, citing a lack of available parking spaces.

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