The orders call for a structural engineer’s report on the integrity of the decorative moulding, as well as a conservation assessment of the exterior features, to be completed by a heritage conservation architect or other heritage professional.
As part of the Centretown Heritage Conservation District, designated in 1997, the exterior of the building is considered a heritage property. The interior is not designated heritage, despite the distinctive gold moulding, one of the club’s only remaining features that hearkens back to its origins as a movie theatre during the glory days of silent film.
The inspection was conducted Feb. 18 in response to a complaint to the city. That was the same day George Syriannis, who has been running the club for more than a decade, regained access to the property, almost a month after he was locked out by a bailiff operating on behalf of landlord Louis Antonakos.
Antonakos said he was forced to terminate Syriannis’ tenancy because of a dispute over the heat, and because the business is behind on the rent and utilities. But Syriannis alleges the eviction was illegal because, under the federal CERS (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy) program, evictions are prohibited until April 2022. Syriannis said he has received CERS funding to cover the rent.
However, Antonakos said this week the outstanding rent has still not been paid, and accused Syriannis of being “negligent in his responsibilities as to the care and upkeep of the premises.” He also alleges Syriannis “broke into” the property.
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