Kids left disappointed as Coast indoor skate park closes
A POPULAR Sunshine Coast indoor skating facility has closed during the school holidays after the tenant failed to reach agreement with the landlord on new lease arrangements.
The Woods was opened by Boardstore co-founder Boris Schaber in 2012 in a Pellicano Group-owned building in Capital Place, Birtinya.
Mr Schaber's lease on the property ran out this month.
He declined the offer of a five-year lease at a higher rent, but asked to stay on in the premises until the end of the school holidays. His request was refused by the Pellicano Group despite there being no other tenant to take over the premises, he said.
Mr Schaber is in talks with Education Queensland about building a similar facility at Buddina State School, where 200 children participate in a lunchtime skate program, but that will be too late for local kids these holidays.
Mr Schaber described the Pellicano decision as crazy.
"It was a bummer. I asked the landlord to just be allowed to extend the lease for one month so we could be open for school holidays and they wouldn't budge," he said.
"I said, "Do you know how many kids you would make happy?' He said, 'I can't do that'. He owns the building, he can do whatever he wants.
"We've never been late paying rent. We're dream tenants. I was not asking to be there for free. Just one more month so we could be open for school holidays so kids could have somewhere to skate."
The Daily attempted to contact Michael Kent, Pellicano Group's Queensland development manager, but the office was closed for the Christmas break.