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Boys and Girls Club finds a new home

Great news for our local neighbourhood kids, and their parents too: The Boys and Girls Club which was previously housed at the 21 Randolph Ave. location has found a new space on Ernest Ave.

There's an article in this week's Villager that has all of the details. It's great to see that all the effort put in to finding a new space has finally paid off!

Some quotes from The Villager article:

The club is proud to announce the new address for its Outreach Location will be 45 Ernest Ave. in the Perth Avenue and Bloor Street West area not far from its current, but temporary spot at 120 Perth Ave.

"It feels amazing. It's like a huge load off everyone's shoulders," said Executive Director Tony Puopolo. "It's been a huge process to find somewhere. It seemed hopeless."

The search for new digs took a year since the club faced eviction last spring from its 10-year-old home at 21 Randolph Ave. It had been in jeopardy since February of 2008 when its lease between the City of Toronto (the lease holder) and Don Valley Storage Inc., owned by George Leon of the Leon's Furniture family, was up. At the end of the 10-year period, Don Valley Storage opted not to renew the lease.

Thanks to a tip from a local resident, the club learned that the 7,000-square-foot warehouse space had become available.

The club's new home will include a computer lab, an arts and crafts space, a game room, offices and some general purpose rooms as well as a kitchen. The new facility will provide an additional 120 spaces for local youth to attend a safe and positive after-school program. In the evenings and on weekends, when the children aren't using the facility, it will be available for rent to community groups.

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