$640-million revitalization will take at least five years to complete

(Source: Globe and Mail)

The future of Union Station – for the next five years at least – is one of diggers, demolition and construction crews after Toronto council approved the final piece of a $640-million revitalization plan.

With federal, provincial and city funding commitments in place, councillors voted to approve a private-sector investor to manage the commercial space at the renewed station.

“This is the beginning of the real work,” Mayor David Miller said at the end of a nine-year saga of false starts and delays.

Yesterday’s vote came on a busy day at city hall as council held its first regular meeting since the city workers’ strike ground business to a halt on June 22. Dozens of urgent items were approved without the usual committee consideration, including a move to lease Scarborough’s historic Guild Inn site to Centennial College.

Read Brodie Fenlon’s full article “Toronto approves plan for Union Station” in the Globe and Mail (August 6, 2009).

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