Greenwood, Donlands TTC exits

TTC now open to new sites for emergency subway exits
Strathmore Blvd families hopeful their homes won’t be expropriated
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier July 13. July 15 update.)

Grace and Danny Calia with grandson Louie, daughter Bruna Amabile at their Strathmore home. Photo by Kris Scheuer/Town Crier.

Danny and Grace Calia hope to get a good night’s rest tonight at their home on 247 Strathmore Boulevard where they’ve lived for 51 years.
At a community meeting July 12, the TTC agreed to pursue an alternative location for a new second exit for Greenwood station that wouldn’t involve expropriating their property and the one next door at 245 Strathmore.
“We’ve been here 50 years. I raised kids here, grandkids here,” said Danny Calia from his home July 13. “I hope they come up with a good idea to make us happy. The mind is relaxed now.”

His wife Grace added, “For now, I hope (the alternative) goes through. We can rest easy.”
At a commission meeting being held tomorrow, the TTC will present a new option brought to them by area residents.
It involves buying a vacant house at 9 Linnsmore Crescent directly across the street from Greenwood subway’s current entrance.
This home has been boarded up for four to five years and vacant for about four years prior to that, explains the Calias’ daughter Bruna Amabile.
“His wife Grace added, “For now, I hope (the alternative) goes through. We can rest easy.”
At a commission meeting being held tomorrow, the TTC will present a new option brought to them by area residents.
It involves buying a vacant house at 9 Linnsmore Crescent directly across the street from Greenwood subway’s current entrance.
This home has been boarded up for four to five years and vacant for about four years prior to that, explains the Calias’ daughter Bruna Amabile.
“That’s now (TTC’s) preferred option. They have to do deeper analysis to see if it works for the TTC,” Amabile said.
“The applause (last night) in the room was unbelievable. But we aren’t out of the woods yet.”
The TTC plans to present the Linnsmore option as its first choice. Expropriation of 245 and 247 Strathmore remains the back-up plan.
TTC chair Adam Giambrone confirmed this strategy.
“For Greenwood (station) we will seek approval for option from the community that doesn’t involve expropriation of a home. No one lives there (9 Linnsmore), it’s a house not a home,” he said today in an interview.
If the TTC does have to revert back to the Strathmore expropriation option, it won’t proceed without further community consultation, he promised.
The TTC is also voting July 14 on options for the equally contentious second exit for Donlands station.
In that case, the transit commission proposed acquiring 1 and 3 Strathmore for demolition, plus partial expropriation of several other homes on the block.
Now, the TTC’s now looking at a new option to place a second Donlands subway exit directly on Dewhurst Boulevard, which would turn  into a one-way street.
“”In the case of Donlands, the TTC will pursue a new municipal right of way on Dewhurst,” said Giambrone July 13.
That would be the preferred option.
“In the case of Donlands (station), residents aren’t happy with either option (new or old),” said Strathmore resident Lisa Dymond.
The reason is both options maintain that the exits be built in the middle of a residential neighbourhood, still require partial expropriation of 11 to 13 homes, said Dymond.
“I don’t think the TTC has had enough time to do its homework,” she said. “Have they talked to the city about impacts on traffic, emergency vehicles and service delivery (with new option)?”
The TTC votes on the proposals at a meeting July 14.
(Writer’s note: I was at the TTC’s July 14 meeting and wrote an update July 15 for the Town Crier but until its edited I can’t post it. Sorry for the delay.)

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