July 10th, 2014
A midtown mutiny might be in the works as eight shareholders of the Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club look to oust the club’s board in an attempt to stop the property from being sold to a developer.
The group, which includes three past presidents and a former board member of the 91-year-old Eglinton Avenue East and Mt. Pleasant Road area club, say they are prepared to go to court after president Phil Foubert failed to call a shareholders meeting by the July 8 deadline demanded in a letter sent on July 2.
Past president and current shareholder Wally Raynor, one of eight signatories on the letter to Foubert, said a lawyer retained by community members to fight a suspected but unverified sale of the club property to developer Michael Volpentesta will likely be seeking “to have an injunction placed on the sale of the property.”
“[That] will give the shareholders time to call a meeting, oust the current board and executive of GMLBCL,” he said today in an email. “The objective is to stop the sale of the property to a developer and turn the property over to the city as a green space.”
It is believed Volpentesta intends to build five homes on the Eglinton Avenue East and Mt. Pleasant Road area greenspace. Volpentesta had staff issue a firm “no comment” when contacted earlier by the Town Crier.
The community caught wind of the plan in late May. Former board member Derek Tilley says he started a petition after Foubert told him the property had been sold to a developer. The petition now has 1,177 signatures.
Councillor Josh Matlow says he had been attempting to meet with Foubert since late fall to make “overtures” about the city having interest in buying the land to keep as a park. City council voted on June 11 in favour of having city staff begin negotiations with the owner of the property to see if a deal could be reached.
Foubert has not responded to any of several voice messages left by the Town Crier since early June. Attempts to reach other board members were also unsuccessful. Board member Liz MacFarlane, reached on June 8, directed all questions to Foubert.
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