Scarborough businesses face eviction from plaza needed by city

News Nov 22, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Ronni Hublall came to 1269 Danforth Rd. four years ago to set up her hair salon. She was taking a chance, moving from a Lawrence Avenue storefront to a unit at the rear of the new plaza where she paid for repairs and upgrades. It was, she says now, a mistake.

“I made a bad choice going in the back,” said Hublall, in between clients on a Tuesday morning. Business was never as good in the hard-to-find spot. But the 71-year-old business owner learned this year that location was the least of her problems. She’s being evicted, as the plaza’s owner prepares to sell the property to the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission. 

Toronto Council will be voting next month on an order to expropriate the land if a sale doesn’t go through, to build one of three power stations to help power the planned Scarborough subway extension to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

According to a staff report, the building's owner has expressed interest in negotiating a sale before the site is needed for the subway, which staff expects to be no sooner than 2020.

Because Hublall never formalized her lease, she must be out by Dec. 31, and in a letter from her landlord’s lawyer, has been told she is entitled to no compensation.

“It’s going to be very difficult for me,” said Hublall, contemplating a move during the Christmas season, when her salon is typically at its busiest. She expects that when she's out, she'll continue to work out of her home.

“That's the only thing I can do, start from home,” she said. “I'm tired of the hassles from landlords. But this is a way of life. I'll have to abide by the consequences. I'm not a fighter. I don't fight with people.”

Hublall owns one of five businesses operating out of the plaza. There are also two residential tenants. Other tenants who have signed leases and spoke with The Scarborough Mirror are expecting to receive compensation for the remainder of their leases.

Yosef Quadir opened his convenience store just a year ago. He wasn't sure when he would have to leave but he said he had been told “maybe in December. We're going to tell you. I don't know so far the exact situation, what's going to happen.”

Jayj Bhatt, who has owned and operated RJ's  Grill since 2011, had a clearer idea. He said that the landlord will be buying out the remainder of his lease – four years' worth. 

“They told me the end of March,” he said. “I'm waiting for the money – when they give me the cheque, I will leave.”

Bhatt will have some compensation but not what he'd hoped – and certainly not enough to match the investment that he put into RJ's to bring it up to standard.

And he is acutely aware that starting from scratch somewhere else is a huge gamble in the fickle restaurant sector.

“This is my bread and butter – if I go out, it's hard for me to know what to do, at 50 looking for work. This is where I'm living a comfortable life.”

Metroland Media Toronto made numerous attempts to contact owner Ovias Jaced, but has not yet been successful.


Scarborough businesses face eviction from plaza needed by city

Owner preparing to sell to city

News Nov 22, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Ronni Hublall came to 1269 Danforth Rd. four years ago to set up her hair salon. She was taking a chance, moving from a Lawrence Avenue storefront to a unit at the rear of the new plaza where she paid for repairs and upgrades. It was, she says now, a mistake.

“I made a bad choice going in the back,” said Hublall, in between clients on a Tuesday morning. Business was never as good in the hard-to-find spot. But the 71-year-old business owner learned this year that location was the least of her problems. She’s being evicted, as the plaza’s owner prepares to sell the property to the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission. 

Toronto Council will be voting next month on an order to expropriate the land if a sale doesn’t go through, to build one of three power stations to help power the planned Scarborough subway extension to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

According to a staff report, the building's owner has expressed interest in negotiating a sale before the site is needed for the subway, which staff expects to be no sooner than 2020.

Related Content

Because Hublall never formalized her lease, she must be out by Dec. 31, and in a letter from her landlord’s lawyer, has been told she is entitled to no compensation.

“It’s going to be very difficult for me,” said Hublall, contemplating a move during the Christmas season, when her salon is typically at its busiest. She expects that when she's out, she'll continue to work out of her home.

“That's the only thing I can do, start from home,” she said. “I'm tired of the hassles from landlords. But this is a way of life. I'll have to abide by the consequences. I'm not a fighter. I don't fight with people.”

Hublall owns one of five businesses operating out of the plaza. There are also two residential tenants. Other tenants who have signed leases and spoke with The Scarborough Mirror are expecting to receive compensation for the remainder of their leases.

Yosef Quadir opened his convenience store just a year ago. He wasn't sure when he would have to leave but he said he had been told “maybe in December. We're going to tell you. I don't know so far the exact situation, what's going to happen.”

Jayj Bhatt, who has owned and operated RJ's  Grill since 2011, had a clearer idea. He said that the landlord will be buying out the remainder of his lease – four years' worth. 

“They told me the end of March,” he said. “I'm waiting for the money – when they give me the cheque, I will leave.”

Bhatt will have some compensation but not what he'd hoped – and certainly not enough to match the investment that he put into RJ's to bring it up to standard.

And he is acutely aware that starting from scratch somewhere else is a huge gamble in the fickle restaurant sector.

“This is my bread and butter – if I go out, it's hard for me to know what to do, at 50 looking for work. This is where I'm living a comfortable life.”

Metroland Media Toronto made numerous attempts to contact owner Ovias Jaced, but has not yet been successful.


Scarborough businesses face eviction from plaza needed by city

Owner preparing to sell to city

News Nov 22, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Ronni Hublall came to 1269 Danforth Rd. four years ago to set up her hair salon. She was taking a chance, moving from a Lawrence Avenue storefront to a unit at the rear of the new plaza where she paid for repairs and upgrades. It was, she says now, a mistake.

“I made a bad choice going in the back,” said Hublall, in between clients on a Tuesday morning. Business was never as good in the hard-to-find spot. But the 71-year-old business owner learned this year that location was the least of her problems. She’s being evicted, as the plaza’s owner prepares to sell the property to the City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission. 

Toronto Council will be voting next month on an order to expropriate the land if a sale doesn’t go through, to build one of three power stations to help power the planned Scarborough subway extension to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

According to a staff report, the building's owner has expressed interest in negotiating a sale before the site is needed for the subway, which staff expects to be no sooner than 2020.

Related Content

Because Hublall never formalized her lease, she must be out by Dec. 31, and in a letter from her landlord’s lawyer, has been told she is entitled to no compensation.

“It’s going to be very difficult for me,” said Hublall, contemplating a move during the Christmas season, when her salon is typically at its busiest. She expects that when she's out, she'll continue to work out of her home.

“That's the only thing I can do, start from home,” she said. “I'm tired of the hassles from landlords. But this is a way of life. I'll have to abide by the consequences. I'm not a fighter. I don't fight with people.”

Hublall owns one of five businesses operating out of the plaza. There are also two residential tenants. Other tenants who have signed leases and spoke with The Scarborough Mirror are expecting to receive compensation for the remainder of their leases.

Yosef Quadir opened his convenience store just a year ago. He wasn't sure when he would have to leave but he said he had been told “maybe in December. We're going to tell you. I don't know so far the exact situation, what's going to happen.”

Jayj Bhatt, who has owned and operated RJ's  Grill since 2011, had a clearer idea. He said that the landlord will be buying out the remainder of his lease – four years' worth. 

“They told me the end of March,” he said. “I'm waiting for the money – when they give me the cheque, I will leave.”

Bhatt will have some compensation but not what he'd hoped – and certainly not enough to match the investment that he put into RJ's to bring it up to standard.

And he is acutely aware that starting from scratch somewhere else is a huge gamble in the fickle restaurant sector.

“This is my bread and butter – if I go out, it's hard for me to know what to do, at 50 looking for work. This is where I'm living a comfortable life.”

Metroland Media Toronto made numerous attempts to contact owner Ovias Jaced, but has not yet been successful.