Open for more than a year, the Fillmore Silver Spring has hosted only one of 36 community events required in its lease with Montgomery County, and local nonprofit groups are blaming the fees negotiated with county officials, calling them unaffordable.
The state and county poured about $11.2 million into a vacant J.C. Penney store to transform it into the Fillmore, which holds 2,000 people standing and 500 seated. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) dropped a plan to move the Birchmere into the site and then struck a lease deal with Live Nation that requires the facility to host 36 community events a year, beginning in September 2011. Live Nation is paying $100,641 a year to rent the building from the county.
Under the lease, the Fillmore charges a base cost of $1,900 for the first 20 community uses and $3,000 for the next 10. For all events, there is also a $750-per-day cleanup fee, a $200-per-hour ambulance fee, a $100-per-hour paramedic fee, a $25-per-hour fee for ticket takers and ushers, a $35-per-hour security fee (with a four-hour minimum) and a $40-per-hour fee for police, per officer (with a three-hour minimum), according to the rate card.