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Plans for Toronto parking authority on Eglinton West put on hold – Toronto


The Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) says that plans to build a parking lot in the town of Eglton West have been put on indefinitely, while staff take a different look at this proposal.

The decision comes after the TPA board met in Toronto City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Toronto Mayor John Tori sent a letter to the TPA board chairman, Hartley Lefton, asking for the plans to be retrieved.

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The site, which is located at 2204-2212 Eglinton Ave. W. and includes a neighboring property in Caledonia, acquired by the agency around five years ago.

"Because of the build of the Eglinton Light Rapid Transit (Eglinton LRT) line, TPA is actively pursuing new acquisition opportunities to help offset any anticipated losses of street parking spaces along the Eglinton Avenue," the Parking Authority has Said in a report about the project at the time.

"TPA staff are also looking for eligible sites that would accommodate the more-term public parking demand in the area."

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However, Tory said he wanted to see the land that has its merchandise and special uniqueness used for eligible housing.

"I am committed to building more affordable housing in the city of Toronto and I have made it clear that our priority should be to build more of our homes close to transit – especially when we invest in new transit construction," Tori wrote.

"Immediately following the proximity of the Eglinton Crosstown construction started right now, I believe 2204-2212 Eglinton Ave. would be a prime location for transit-oriented development."

A site may still be on the site, but the "main focus" should be on affordable housing units, Tory added when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning.

The mayor said he was also connected to counters. Mike Colle, who oversees the area and supports the issue of pending consultations.

– with files from Jamie Mauracher and Nick Westoll

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