[URBAN NOTE] “TTC backs off Scarborough subway expropriations”
The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr reports on something confusing, if good for the homeowners in question. Will the Scarborough line extension’s route be changed? Will the line exist at all? Who knows?
Residents in the path of the Scarborough subway extension are no longer in danger of losing their homes.
The TTC sent notices to about a dozen property owners near the intersection of McCowan Rd. and Ellesmere Rd. last week, alerting them that their land would no longer be required to make way for a construction staging site for the controversial transit project.
In May, the TTC told residents of 11 homes on Stanwell Dr. that their properties might need to be expropriated for a tunnel staging site. A further 23 properties were facing partial expropriation.
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) said he was “thrilled” by the TTC’s decision, and declared that the transit agency had “avoided a huge mistake.”
“I wish that these proposals were not put on the table in the first place,” said De Baeremaeker, who is a vocal supporter of the one-stop subway extension to the Scarborough Town Centre. “So I do tip my hat and congratulate the TTC staff for actually listening to the public.”