Council votes to buy Scarborough plaza for subway

News Dec 07, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Toronto Council has voted to go ahead with the purchase of a Danforth Road plaza to build a power station for the still not-yet-costed Scarborough subway.

The plaza, at 1269 Danforth Road, will eventually be torn down in order to build a station that would power the subway that will run from Kennedy Station north to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

While the property isn't likely to be required until after 2020, city staff say that the owner of the plaza is anxious to sell immediately rather than go through the expropriation process.

But St. Paul's Coun. Josh Matlow, one of the most vociferous opponents of the Scarborough subway plan, told councillors it made no sense to buy a small plaza when council still didn't know if it could afford to build the subway.

“You should not spend a dollar on buying a plaza right now until the decision is made,” said Matlow. “We have an approved plan, the seven-stop light rail line.

Earlier in the day, Matlow had tried and failed to persuade councillors to perform a value-for-money audit, comparing the Scarborough subway to the fully-funded light rail line. Councillors didn't bite, and during this debate several suggested Matlow was using the item to relitigate the issue.

“For somebody who is concerned about Scarborough he listens very little to the people who represent Scarborough,” said Scarborough Centre Councillor and Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker. “Sometimes when you're on the losing side of the vote you have to say, well, the majority of council has made a decision.”

Council voted Dec. 6 to go ahead with the purchase with a vote of 26-8.

The move means that tenants in the Scarborough plaza will have to leave - at least one, by the end of 2017. There are currently two residential tenants in apartments, and five commercial tenants: a hairdresser, a medical clinic / pharmacy, a restaurant and a convenience store.


Toronto Council votes to buy Scarborough plaza for subway

News Dec 07, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Toronto Council has voted to go ahead with the purchase of a Danforth Road plaza to build a power station for the still not-yet-costed Scarborough subway.

The plaza, at 1269 Danforth Road, will eventually be torn down in order to build a station that would power the subway that will run from Kennedy Station north to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

While the property isn't likely to be required until after 2020, city staff say that the owner of the plaza is anxious to sell immediately rather than go through the expropriation process.

But St. Paul's Coun. Josh Matlow, one of the most vociferous opponents of the Scarborough subway plan, told councillors it made no sense to buy a small plaza when council still didn't know if it could afford to build the subway.

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“You should not spend a dollar on buying a plaza right now until the decision is made,” said Matlow. “We have an approved plan, the seven-stop light rail line.

Earlier in the day, Matlow had tried and failed to persuade councillors to perform a value-for-money audit, comparing the Scarborough subway to the fully-funded light rail line. Councillors didn't bite, and during this debate several suggested Matlow was using the item to relitigate the issue.

“For somebody who is concerned about Scarborough he listens very little to the people who represent Scarborough,” said Scarborough Centre Councillor and Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker. “Sometimes when you're on the losing side of the vote you have to say, well, the majority of council has made a decision.”

Council voted Dec. 6 to go ahead with the purchase with a vote of 26-8.

The move means that tenants in the Scarborough plaza will have to leave - at least one, by the end of 2017. There are currently two residential tenants in apartments, and five commercial tenants: a hairdresser, a medical clinic / pharmacy, a restaurant and a convenience store.


Toronto Council votes to buy Scarborough plaza for subway

News Dec 07, 2017 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

Toronto Council has voted to go ahead with the purchase of a Danforth Road plaza to build a power station for the still not-yet-costed Scarborough subway.

The plaza, at 1269 Danforth Road, will eventually be torn down in order to build a station that would power the subway that will run from Kennedy Station north to the Scarborough Town Centre. 

While the property isn't likely to be required until after 2020, city staff say that the owner of the plaza is anxious to sell immediately rather than go through the expropriation process.

But St. Paul's Coun. Josh Matlow, one of the most vociferous opponents of the Scarborough subway plan, told councillors it made no sense to buy a small plaza when council still didn't know if it could afford to build the subway.

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“You should not spend a dollar on buying a plaza right now until the decision is made,” said Matlow. “We have an approved plan, the seven-stop light rail line.

Earlier in the day, Matlow had tried and failed to persuade councillors to perform a value-for-money audit, comparing the Scarborough subway to the fully-funded light rail line. Councillors didn't bite, and during this debate several suggested Matlow was using the item to relitigate the issue.

“For somebody who is concerned about Scarborough he listens very little to the people who represent Scarborough,” said Scarborough Centre Councillor and Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker. “Sometimes when you're on the losing side of the vote you have to say, well, the majority of council has made a decision.”

Council voted Dec. 6 to go ahead with the purchase with a vote of 26-8.

The move means that tenants in the Scarborough plaza will have to leave - at least one, by the end of 2017. There are currently two residential tenants in apartments, and five commercial tenants: a hairdresser, a medical clinic / pharmacy, a restaurant and a convenience store.