Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe ousted from Framingham spot after rent spike
Because of rising rent, the United Way has to vacate the current location of the Pearl Street Cupbard and Cafe, in the former Regisitry of Motor Vehicles building in Framingham. Daily News and Wicked Local Staff Photo/Art Illman
By Brittney McNamara
FRAMINGHAM - An unexpected spike in rent is forcing the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe from its downtown spot, according to United Way of Tri-County President Paul Mina.
Mina said rent is more than doubling at the Cupboard and Cafe’s 10 Pearl St. home come the end of August, making it impossible for the food pantry to stay in its current location. Because Mina said the organization didn’t know it would have to move until about six weeks ago, United Way has started a drive to fund the move that Mina estimated will cost at least $100,000.
Five years ago, Mina said the organization entered into a charitable lease provided by an area philanthropic family, that gave the food pantry reduced rent and guaranteed five years in the former Registry of Motor Vehicles building, with the option to continue for another five years. The actual cost of rent, however, was not stipulated, Mina said, and the family sold the property. read more
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