For 70 years, the American Legion Post 267 has occupied the Old Youth Council Building at 156 New Britain Ave., and after a unanimous approval from the Ormond Beach City Commission on Tuesday, March 1, the veterans service organization will remain there for at least another 10 years.
Via the commission meeting's consent agenda, the commission OK'd a lease renewal to the American Legion for the use of the historic building, which was originally a schoolhouse and was built in 1895, according to the American Legion. The city has owned the property since 1909, and has leased it to Post 267 since 1952.
The lease, last renewed in 2012, was set to expire on March 31. Under the lease agreement, the Post is responsible for the building's maintenance, and therefor the city states has no financial impact to the city.
Jim Bowers, commander for American Legion District 17, which includes 14 posts in Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties, underscored the long years of partnership with the city at the meeting.
“It goes back to 1950," said Bowers, referencing the Post's charter date. "Also, in 1989 when the city commissioned historical buildings within the city, item number 19 on that list is listed as ‘American Legion Hall.’”
City Commissioner Susan Persis thanked Bowers for speaking at the meeting and highlighting the Post's 72 years of history.
“We’re so proud of your organization and we sincerely support it," she said.
Commissioner Troy Kent echoed her sentiments.
“What a great partnership with those that gave so much for their country," Kent said. "I appreciate not only the support you give your members, but to the family members as well.”
Commissioner Rob Littleton thanked Bower for the acts of service the Post is responsible for in the community. The Post regularly supports veterans charities, and has also gifted donations to organizations like the Halifax Humane Society, Halifax Hospice, Wreaths Across America, Boy Scouts, as well as regularly donates and delivers goods to Barracks of Hope Veterans Home in Daytona Beach.
“You guys don’t advertise that, but you do a lot for the community," Littleton said.