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InsideToronto: Exciting Future for 1300 Gerrard Street
Joanna Lavoie, Beach Mirror | November 9, 2017

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'Exciting' future envisioned for unique east Toronto venue

From Issue No. 263 | November 20, 2017

Leslieville residents Robert Indrigo and Maria Karam recently became the sole owners of 1300 Gerrard St. E.

 

1300 Gerrard St. E.

Plans are now in the works to transform a historic building at 1300 Gerrard St. E. into a community arts hub. - Joanna Lavoie/Photo 

Despite a period of uncertainty, the future of 1300 Gerrard St. E., a circa-1914 vaudeville theatre in the Little India neighbourhood, looks to be a bright one.

In recent months, there has been a lot of speculation about what would happen to the building formerly known as the Centre of Gravity. Many in the community wondered on social media if the unique edifice would be sold to a developer or if it would be leased to a major corporate tenant.

After discussions with lawyers, an agreement has now been reached for longtime area residents Robert Indrigo and his partner Maria Karam to buy out co-owner Eli Chornenki for $2 million and assume sole ownership of the historic property.

“It’s official. As of November 1st, the deal has closed,” Karam, who along with Indrigo has co-owned 1300 Gerrard St. E. for almost 10 years, told Metroland Media Toronto late last week.

Karam, a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur who develops innovative sensory systems for the body, said the plan is to start afresh, while remaining focused on their goal of creating a community arts hub.

“We’re going to take over and basically rebuild from where we started back in 2008,” she said.

“What we’re coming out with next is going to be incredible.”

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