Those arriving at Unit 6/268 Ewingsdale Road for a gym workout at CrossFit were met with closed doors last week.
And while CrossFit owner Amanda Allen says they were given their marching orders with just a few days’ notice from landlord and West Byron landowner Terry Agnew, Agnew’s property manager told The Echo that the current tenant of the premises is Nicholas Draxl, and there was no formal sub-lease agreement with Ms Allen.
Ms Allen said, ‘We’ve been turfed out of the gym in Byron West by billionaire property developer Terry Agnew, one of the developers behind the highly contentious West Byron development,’ she said.
Ms Allen says CrossFit Byron Bay has had amazing results with people of all ages and from all walks of life, including business people, kids, seniors, and those with emotional problems or who are battling mental illness.
Ms Allen says she went to a meeting with the property manager, excited about her long-term plan and ready to sign a five-year lease.
‘We attempted to begin negotiations for renewed lease after indicating we wanted to renew about three months ago. We had no formal notifications from anyone.’
Ms Allen says Mr Agnew was not interested in renewing at any price.
‘He said the property would be demolished in two years,’ she said. ‘It’s being split into three units and [will be] rented at double the current lease amount.’
Agnew’s property manager told The Echo, ‘The current lease to Nicholas Draxl expired on October 14, 2018 and the current tenant has been late in paying a number of their recent rent payments.’
They added that they have not had any direct discussions with Ms Allen.
They added the current tenant, Nicholas Draxl, was advised in writing on 3 September, 2018 that the lease would not be renewed.
‘We are sympathetic to Amanda’s position and will work with her to remove her belongings from the premises.’
Ms Allen says it’s possible Mr Draxl may not have passed rental payments along. She said, ‘I have proof of all my payments, every Thursday for past 24 months.’
Ms Allen says added, ‘For many out-of-towners, CrossFit was a drawcard that helped them choose to come to Byron Bay again and again, and is legendary in the competitive cross fit world.’