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'Not financially viable': Boyle Avenue to shut downtown Edmonton location when lease expires

“We have identified for a very long time that September 30 was the date that we’d be required to go away. So we have been ready for this and we’re conscious of this for some time”

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Boyle Avenue Group Companies (BSCS) can be leaving its present downtown Edmonton location on the finish of September when its lease ends, the group mentioned Tuesday, citing monetary points as the explanation to not prolong its lease.

Boyle Avenue spokesman Elliott Tanti instructed reporters the $1 monthly lease of the constructing is about to run out Sept. 30 and that it’s selecting to not prolong its lease with the landowner, the Oilers Leisure Group (OEG).

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“We did have an choice to remain however we’ve determined not to try this as a result of it’s not financially viable for our group right now,” Tanti mentioned, including, “this isn’t the primary time within the group’s historical past that we’ve been homeless and we don’t have a spot to function out of … that is no completely different.”

“That being mentioned, this can be a disruption and this isn’t ideally suited.”

He declined to say extra about why the lease is just not being prolonged, citing confidentiality round Boyle Avenue’s settlement with OEG, however acknowledged it might be inaccurate to characterize the scenario as an eviction.

“The phrases of our lease settlement with the Katz Group reside in a bigger actual property settlement and that I’m not capable of touch upon publicly.”

He mentioned Boyle Avenue will look to proceed delivering providers with neighborhood companions and different organizations as soon as the present location closes its doorways.

“We’ve identified for a very long time that September 30 was the date that we’d be required to go away. So we’ve been ready for this and we’re conscious of this for some time,” he mentioned.

“Our foremost focus stays on guaranteeing that we’re capable of present providers within the metropolis after October 1.”

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Elliott Tanti
Elliott Tanti of Boyle Avenue Group Companies revealed on Sept 12, 2023, they may vacate their present location behind Ice District on 105 Avenue till their new location on 107 Avenue is renovated. Photograph by Shaughn Butts /Postmedia

In an announcement, OEG government vice-president Tim Shipton acknowledged that earlier this month Boyle Avenue. was supplied an extension of its lease on the identical nominal charge as agreed upon in 2021 to permit for extra time to coordinate its relocation.

“We stay supportive of Boyle Avenue Group Companies and their plans to maneuver into the King Thunderbird Centre, which is able to present them with a long-term, sustainable facility to ship their providers — and we are going to proceed to work with them on their relocation plans.”

A unique spokesperson for the group instructed Postmedia that it had “no speedy plans” for the Boyle Avenue web site.

Awaiting building of recent house

Boyle Avenue has occupied the centre on 105 Avenue since 1996, providing quite a lot of providers together with drop-ins, well being helps, counselling, meals and hyperlinks to housing. It additionally used to deal with a supervised drug consumption web site, however that closed in 2021.

A former banana ripening warehouse, the ability has by no means been nicely suited to Boyle Avenue’s programming, and has now develop into dilapidated and topic to floods, amongst different points.

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After plenty of setbacks and controversies, the company secured a growth allow earlier this 12 months to construct a brand new centre about 500 metres north, in a former paintball venue at 101 Avenue and 107A Avenue. Referred to as King Thunderbird Centre — Okimaw Peyesew Kamik in Cree — building is about to start as early as subsequent week and take about one 12 months.

Boyle Avenue is elevating $28.5 million for the mission, of which $10 million is being donated by the Edmonton Oilers Group Basis.

OEG additionally paid $5 million to purchase the previous web site, which is on a parcel of land north of the sector the group intends to remodel over the subsequent a number of years right into a mixed-use growth referred to as Village at Ice District. It’ll embrace retail and industrial area, together with as much as 2,500 residential items.

Tanti mentioned Boyle Avenue was about $5 million brief in funding for building on the brand new facility to start, and referred to as on governments to assist slim that hole forward of the brand new facility’s deliberate opening date round this time subsequent 12 months.

“We’re in the course of a public well being disaster in our metropolis and any discount in providers for people who we serve is unacceptable.”

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‘An actual influence’

Chatting with reporters at metropolis corridor, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi characterised the Sept. 30 shutdown as a “very disappointing scenario” and echoed Tanti’s requires senior governments to cowl the funding shortfall.

“I hope that the province will step up as a result of serving to fund social sector and social packages is a provincial and federal accountability. Town itself is in a really powerful price range going into November.”

He declined to touch upon OEG’s position however mentioned he would attain out to search out out what had occurred and was hopeful an answer to proceed providers may very well be discovered.

“There’s a actual influence on individuals and these persons are essentially the most weak in our society.”

— with recordsdata from Keith Gerein and Cindy Tran

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