Expressway would destroy 71 homes in Riverdale
By Norman G. Browne Seven News, February 9, 1974
After two months of intensive work, the City of Toronto planners located at the Riverdale Planning office have released a report on the impact that the proposed Scarboro expressway will have on Ward Seven.
The section of the proposed expressway through Ward Seven calls for a 133 foot right-of-way starting at the Gardiner expressway and the Don River and running north-east parallel to the CNR tracks to Pape and Gerrard.
Only a partial interchange would be located in Ward Seven but it would reduce the Consumer’s Gas site from 19.3 acres to 10.3 acres.
Other effects the expressway will have on Ward Seven are as follows:
The report also notes that noises, air and visual pollution would be increased with the upper floors of McCleary Towers being the most affected.
Homes adjacent to the expressway would have the level of noise doubled while near-by homes would have a 50 per cent increase in noise level. There would also be a general rise in air pollution adjacent to the open-cut portions of the expressway.
• The Scarboro expressway will destroy 71 houses containing 84 living units as well as 14 apartments
over stores. Destroyed will be 9 detached houses, 38 semi-detached and 24 row houses.
The impact study is now being distributed to affected industry, business and citizen groups for comment. The comments will be made up into an addendum, and that together with the report will go to the City of Toronto Planning Board.
Pat Murphy, co-author of the study states that there will be no public meetings on it as there have been too many meetings on the Scarboro Expressway already in the area.
However, it is known that Ward Seven Alderman John Sewell favors having meetings to study the report’s findings and such meetings may be held with the report reaches City Council.
This article was published in Seven News, Volume 4, Number 16, Feb 9, 1974