The United Way of Tri-County’s Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe will need to find a new location, as the owner of the property is more than doubling the cost of the monthly rent.
The United Way has been running the food pantry and cafe in the former registry of motor vehicles site in downtown Framingham for five years, serving more than 4,000 families hot meals on Tuesday and Thursday nights and distributing more than 1 million pounds of food to those in need.
But recently, the owner of the property Vaios Theodorakos increased the monthly rent from $3,000 to $6,800.
The United Way had a 5-year lease with the former property owner. Theodorakos bought the property after the lease was executed.
The United Way of Tri-County now plans to move its operations from 10 Pearl Street to the lower level of the Park Street building in downtown Framingham, that houses its headquarters.
The owner of the 10 Pearl Street property said he offered the United Way to purchase the property, at a cost estimated between $750,000 and $1 million.
But the United Way of Tri-County has decided to buy the property on Park Street for $1.7 million.
The organization has started a fundraising campaign to pay for the cost to move and the renovations to get the food pantry and cafe operational now on Park Street.
The United Way’s lease ends on Pearl Street ends on August 31.