Albemarle Historical Society discusses lease with council

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Albemarle Historical Society will meet with the Charlottesville City Council on Monday to discuss whether or not it can continue a lease in the McIntire building.

The society has to meet ten conditions that the city council set in order to keep the lease, including being more involved with peer organizations in the community and having a diverse staff.

Will Lyster was announced as the new president of the society this past Friday, after the old president, Steven Meeks, resigned unexpectedly last month.

Lyster said he is not too worried about being able to renew the lease, except for one condition.

"There's one line item on one of the conditions where city council wants to appoint one-third of our board of directors and the board is not interested in having a third party," said Lyster. "So aside from that, I would anticipate that city council will direct city staff to write up the lease and renew it."

The Historical Society has been in the McIntire building for 25 years. It is a central hub for walking tours, research, and holding artifacts.

Lyster said he's excited to move forward with the lease and rebuild the presence of the historical society in the community.

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