Mainland Children's sues health district for violating lease agreement

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 5, 2012, 2:18pm

GALVESTON - Mainland Children's Partnership Inc. is suing the Galveston County Health District alleging violation of a lease agreement between them, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Oct. 3 in Galveston County District Court alleges GCHD owes Mainland  an outstanding debt in the amount of $1,274,918 after the health district broke the lease in question.

Both parties entered into the written contract six years ago.

Under the agreement, GCHD agreed to lease 22,134 square feet from MCP and pay $1.20 per square foot, or $26,560.80 a month from Sept. 1, 2006 through Aug. 31, 2016.

The $1.20 per square foot rent included security, HVAC system maintenance, a parking area for staff for staff and patients, electrical and plumbing maintenance, use of a common area and janitorial services.

GCHD informed MCP earlier this year that it was terminating its lease effective June 30.

The defendant would extend its occupancy until Aug. 31 a couple of months later and vacated the premises in early September with 48 months on the lease left.

MCP asserts it GCHD "has failed and refused to fulfill its obligations under the lease agreement" despite numerous demands for compliance.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Carlos Garza with Martin, Garza & Fisher LLP in Galveston is representing the plaintiff.

Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Wayne Mallia is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-2117

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