May 31, 2016
By Jane Brown
Imagine living in a home for decades and receiving a letter that your house may be expropriated to make room for a new subway extension!
That is reality for some residents of a quiet street in East Toronto.
Scott Cole says he’s received a letter from the Toronto Transit commission informing him that the bungalow he’s lived in on Stanwell Drive for 26 years might be subject to a “Property Acquisition Process.”
The letter says this particular alignment will be presented at a public meeting today, the first in a series of meetings planned over the next three weeks.
But it also says no decision has yet been made by council and the recommendation has not even been seen by the city of Toronto’s executive committee.
There’s been no official approval of the subway alignment, running north-south under McCowan Road.
TTC spokesman Brad Ross says 100 notices were sent to homeowners in the potential path of the future line, alerting them that all or part of their land might need to be expropriated.