Business incubator board lowers rent for airsoft adventure simulation business


Business incubator board lowers rent for airsoft adventure simulation business

pWATERTOWN — A combat simulation adventure business has been given a final reprieve by the Watertown Center for Business and Industry./ppThe Watertown Industrial Center’s board of directors unanimously agreed Tuesday to lower the monthly payment for Watertown Airsoft, which leases 6,900 square feet of space in the business incubator at 800 Starbuck Ave./ppOwner Travis Corliss, who did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment, requested to pay $2,000 a month rent, instead of the regular amount of $2,900 that he would have started paying. Besides the $2,000 for rent, Mr. Corliss will be required to pay $333 a month in past rent and $618 on a loan for renovating his space, bringing his total monthly charge to $2,951. The $333 and $618 charges have been part of the rent./ppBoard members warned that Mr. Corliss will not get any more financial breaks in the future./pp“It’s a tough situation,” said Donald W. Rutherford, the WIC board’s chairman and CEO of the Watertown Local Development Corp./ppSimilar to a paint-ball business, the company offers participants simulated combat experience using airsoft guns that shoot small plastic pellets. The business borrowed $32,000 from the WIC to renovate the space./ppWatertown Airsoft opened in October 2014 after a six-month delay when Mr. Corliss was required to complete $32,000 in unexpected renovations to the space. The WIC decreased his monthly rent payments on another occasion./pp“We’re making it clear that he has to make a go of it,” Mr. Rutherford said./ppBoard members suggested the company should seek additional assistance from the Small Business Center./ppThe center is a small-business incubator occupied by several companies./ppIn other business, the WIC board learned that Watertown Vending has moved out of the 1,920 square feet of space it had rented since the facility opened in 1996. The business was recently sold to Brenon’s Coin Machines in Brownville./ppThe board also approved spending $22,780 to replace the windows in building C. The windows in buildings A and B will be completed in the future./p
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Business incubator board lowers rent for airsoft adventure simulation business

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