Ithaca Company Wants to Run Geneva's Events Center

An Ithaca, NY company wants to run the new Geneva Events Center on the lakefront. H and J Hospitality currently operates similar facilities at Cornell's Johnson School of Management, the Ithaca Yacht Club, and the Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn. The company already has the Geneva Events Center listed on its website. The Geneva City Council is holding a special meeting this Thursday at 6pm to discuss and vote on the lease agreement.  The lease agreement is the only item on the council's agenda.


The lakeside view of the new Geneva Events Center. all Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

The front of the building, which will include a Visitor's Center.  The center will be staffed by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and volunteers.


Earlier this month, the city council held a public hearing to listen to ideas on leasing the events center or having city staff run the center. The council was to make a final decision at its February meeting.

At least one city council member-Jackie Augustine- feels the city should run the center and rent it out to any number of caters and event planners.  Augustine was not at the public hearing, she was a recent guest on the Finger Lakes Morning News were she voiced her concerns about the future of the new events center.

Looking through the front door to the back of the building and the view of Seneca Lake.

The term of the lease would be from February 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. Here are the other details of the proposed agreement:

The operator shall compensate the City at a rate of 10% of food and beverage sales at ?the Center for 2014 and 2015, and 12% of food and beverage sales at the Center for 2016; with minimum rents of $44,500 for 2014 and $46,000 for 2016

Operations Costs: The operator shall compensate the City at a rate of 4% of food and ?beverage sales to offset costs associated with utilities for leased space. The City shall be responsible for grounds keeping, and all major systems costs. The operator shall be responsible for all other costs associated with operation of the Center

Currently Booked Events/Priority Events: All events booked prior to the adoption date of this resolution will be honored by the operator, at a rate not to exceed the amount quoted to the customer. The City and operator shall establish a list of priority events for which dates shall be held open

Reporting: The operator shall make a presentation annually at City Council’s October regular meeting on total number and type of events held, attendance, revenue, and any other information requested.


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