As published in the Scarborough Mirror, December 23, 2015
The City of Toronto and Toronto District School Board have reached a settlement over the sale of Scarborough’s David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute.
The school board, determined to sell the Midland Avenue school and its neighbour, Bendale Business and Technical Institute, for townhouse developments, had appealed the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board.
After a neighbourhood campaign led by the Greater Bendale Advocacy Team to stop the sales and save the “school parks,” Scarborough Centre Councillor Michael Thompson announced the city would buy two acres of DMTCI as well as space for a future 62-space child care.
Thompson said the board agreed to the deal at an OMB settlement hearing this month, and he expects the DMTCI land to be severed and sold early in the new year.
The councillor said he would rather not see community green space lost, but the deal is better for the community than what the board offered initially, “which is basically nothing.”