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But the Salvation Army tells a very different story. Lewis Reckline, the national capital area commander of the Salvation Army, says his organization signed a lease with Spirit in 2009 that charged Spirit no rent or fees for the first year, and subsequently a reduced rent of about $530 per month, plus maintenance, parking, and real estate taxes. Reckline says Spirit is in arrears of about $160,000 as a result of incomplete payment of the $8,500 monthly maintenance fee. The court summons alleges that Spirit failed to pay $157,635.79 between Dec. 1, 2010 and Nov. 1, 2012.
Reckline says the Salvation Army did respond to Spirit's proposal, which he says was for a 10-year lease. "We opted not to engage in a 10-year lease because they were already in arrears at that time." As for Wilson's claim that the Salvation Army had agreed to lower the rent if Spirit couldn't pay, Reckline says, "That's not correct."
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