Carlos Osorio/Torstar News Service
Members of the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club and Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre could soon be out in the cold.
"As far as legal options, I don’t think we have any," said Antonio Puopolo, executive director of the Dovercourt Boys and Girls club. The two clubs share a ground floor space at 21 Randolph Ave., near Bloor and Dundas streets, and face eviction by months end.
About a decade ago, Don Valley Storage leased the space to the City of Toronto. The company is obligated — based on a city bylaw — to dedicate at least one floor of the property to a charitable or non-profit organization of some kind, the owner said.
The city decided to use the space for the Boys and Girls Club and the community centre. The lease expired on Sept. 30, 2007, and the owners want the space back. "We never evicted the Boys and Girls Club because they’re not our tenants," said George Leon, senior officer and director for Don Valley Storage.