Plans to buy Danforth Road plaza for subway up for debate at council

News Dec 05, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

A plan to purchase a small Danforth Road plaza will be up for debate on the floor of Toronto council this week, as one of the planned Scarborough subway's biggest opponents raises questions as to whether the purchase is even necessary.

“I am going to be asking about whether or not it is premature, to once again be spending money on a project that has not been approved by council,” St. Pauls Councillor Josh Matlow said Dec. 5. 

Matlow held down the plan to buy 1269 Danforth Road.

The small plaza has been identified by the Toronto Transit Commission as  a perfect site for one of three power stations to help run the Scarborough subway extension from Kennedy Road to the Scarborough Town Centre.

City staff said the plaza will be needed for the subway in 2020, but the plaza's owner has indicated he's willing to sell without going through a more costly expropriation process.

Tenants at the plaza who spoke with Metroland Media Toronto said they've been told they will have to leave – at least one, as early as January.

Matlow said he's concerned that the purchase might be unnecessary. If council eventually decides not to go ahead with a Scarborough subway, and chooses a seven-stop light rail line instead, it would not require the property.

“We've heard from (TTC CEO) Andy Byford and many others that if the cost increases too much we should reconsider,” said Matlow. “If we do reconsider we could be in the position of owning a shopping plaza.”

Deputy mayor and local Scarborough Centre Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker, a supporter of the subway, said he expects that council will vote to go ahead with the sale entirely.

And he argued that buying the plaza sooner rather than later makes sense.

“My understanding is that one of the tenants is located at the rear of the plaza,” said De Baeremaeker. “If the other stores close down, that's not a healthy situations. That leads to all kinds of things you don't want. The same thing would happen if you leave the plaza vacant for a year or two.”

Plans to buy Danforth Road plaza for subway up for debate at council

News Dec 05, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

A plan to purchase a small Danforth Road plaza will be up for debate on the floor of Toronto council this week, as one of the planned Scarborough subway's biggest opponents raises questions as to whether the purchase is even necessary.

“I am going to be asking about whether or not it is premature, to once again be spending money on a project that has not been approved by council,” St. Pauls Councillor Josh Matlow said Dec. 5. 

Matlow held down the plan to buy 1269 Danforth Road.

The small plaza has been identified by the Toronto Transit Commission as  a perfect site for one of three power stations to help run the Scarborough subway extension from Kennedy Road to the Scarborough Town Centre.

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City staff said the plaza will be needed for the subway in 2020, but the plaza's owner has indicated he's willing to sell without going through a more costly expropriation process.

Tenants at the plaza who spoke with Metroland Media Toronto said they've been told they will have to leave – at least one, as early as January.

Matlow said he's concerned that the purchase might be unnecessary. If council eventually decides not to go ahead with a Scarborough subway, and chooses a seven-stop light rail line instead, it would not require the property.

“We've heard from (TTC CEO) Andy Byford and many others that if the cost increases too much we should reconsider,” said Matlow. “If we do reconsider we could be in the position of owning a shopping plaza.”

Deputy mayor and local Scarborough Centre Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker, a supporter of the subway, said he expects that council will vote to go ahead with the sale entirely.

And he argued that buying the plaza sooner rather than later makes sense.

“My understanding is that one of the tenants is located at the rear of the plaza,” said De Baeremaeker. “If the other stores close down, that's not a healthy situations. That leads to all kinds of things you don't want. The same thing would happen if you leave the plaza vacant for a year or two.”

Plans to buy Danforth Road plaza for subway up for debate at council

News Dec 05, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

A plan to purchase a small Danforth Road plaza will be up for debate on the floor of Toronto council this week, as one of the planned Scarborough subway's biggest opponents raises questions as to whether the purchase is even necessary.

“I am going to be asking about whether or not it is premature, to once again be spending money on a project that has not been approved by council,” St. Pauls Councillor Josh Matlow said Dec. 5. 

Matlow held down the plan to buy 1269 Danforth Road.

The small plaza has been identified by the Toronto Transit Commission as  a perfect site for one of three power stations to help run the Scarborough subway extension from Kennedy Road to the Scarborough Town Centre.

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City staff said the plaza will be needed for the subway in 2020, but the plaza's owner has indicated he's willing to sell without going through a more costly expropriation process.

Tenants at the plaza who spoke with Metroland Media Toronto said they've been told they will have to leave – at least one, as early as January.

Matlow said he's concerned that the purchase might be unnecessary. If council eventually decides not to go ahead with a Scarborough subway, and chooses a seven-stop light rail line instead, it would not require the property.

“We've heard from (TTC CEO) Andy Byford and many others that if the cost increases too much we should reconsider,” said Matlow. “If we do reconsider we could be in the position of owning a shopping plaza.”

Deputy mayor and local Scarborough Centre Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker, a supporter of the subway, said he expects that council will vote to go ahead with the sale entirely.

And he argued that buying the plaza sooner rather than later makes sense.

“My understanding is that one of the tenants is located at the rear of the plaza,” said De Baeremaeker. “If the other stores close down, that's not a healthy situations. That leads to all kinds of things you don't want. The same thing would happen if you leave the plaza vacant for a year or two.”