The ongoing saga of the Pacifica Foundation and its station’s attempts for survival has taken another turn as a lawsuit filed by the Empire State Building over unpaid tower rent by 99.5 WBAI New York has been made public.
The ESB sued Pacifica in November 2016 for the $1,357,429.71 owed in rent and late fees plus interest, costs, disbursements, and attorney’s fees. WBAI’s lease runs contractually through 2020 with the station paying for tower and combiner space, backup antenna/combiner, and a transmitter room on the 81st floor.
WBAI holds a Construction Permit to relocate to 4 Times Square should it be evicted from the Empire State Building that expires in July. But with the Pacifica Foundation struggling survive, a judge’s ruling to force payment could help expedite whatever the group needs to do to raise funds.