City Commissioner Requests Audit of "The Edison"

City Commissioner Requests Audit of "The Edison"
City Commissioner Requests Audit of "The Edison"
Posted at 6:19 PM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 14:42:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee city commissioner is calling for an audit of "The Edison" after the restaurant by Cascades Park let go of its director of operations.

The restaurant has parted ways with Steve Adams and with a turnover in management, Commissioner Scott Maddox says he wants to make sure "The Edison" is meeting its obligations to the city.

The building is nearly 100 years old and the city owns it.

It leases the space to "The Edison," which opened two years ago and Commissioner Maddox says he just wants the public to have a "clear understanding" of how the restaurant is handling its payments.

In an email to the city auditor, Maddox says he's asking for the history of the "requests for proposals" or RFP's and any outstanding obligations.

WTXL has obtained the lease agreement between the city and the Edison's owners. The monthly rent is around $35,000.

The city says the owners are up to date on payments.

Commissioner Maddox was in Nashville, TN this morning on a trip with other city leaders. He explained his request over the phone.

"I wanted an independent audit to come back and tell us whether the obligations have been met, whether the process was fair, and what we need to do moving forward with an iconic building right on the edge of our park," said Maddox.

The city says the community redevelopment agency contributed more than $800,000 to renovate the building, which was the city's electric utility headquarters.

We've reached out to the owners of "The Edison" for a response to the requested audit. We're waiting to hear back.