GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The Little Willie Center has operated in Greenville for over 30 years. It is a safe place for area children to receive mentoring and after school programs. The center is currently in a disagreement with the city that could close its facility. The Little Willie Center is asking the city to treat mold in one of its buildings. In the Lease Agreement it states the center is responsible for repairs up to 500 dollars. If repairs exceed 500 dollars, the city and the center split the costs. The city is willing to abide by the lease, but the Little Willie Center believes the city should cover the entire cost.
The center moved into its current facilities in 2007 and noticed there was a roofing issue the city never repaired. Now, mold in the building is forcing it to close, leaving the center with limited room for its summer programs. The center believes the mold is a result of the roofing issue that was never properly dealt with.
Lent Carr from the Little Willie Center said, “in the immediate we would love to see, first of all, city council and you know our officials, come down here, see what we are dealing with.”
The Little Wilie Center and the city have gone back and forth over the last month without reaching an agreement. The two parties were supposed to meet this week, but the city told the center it couldn’t use any parts of the meeting as evidence if the issue ended in court.
The latest letter from the city to the center says the two parties will split the cost to treat the mold. Carr told WNCT that if they don’t agree to do that, the lease could be terminated and the center will have to find another facility.