School board reaches settlement for sale of David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute land to the City of Toronto


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.”


#1 S on 02.02.16 at 3:03 pm

So whats the status of the school, the plant to merge Thomson and Bendale, and when is Thomson officially closing?

#2 Site Webmaster on 02.02.16 at 8:45 pm

Nothing is announced yet. It all starts with the shovels in the ground for the new school building, which has not yet occurred. The start of construction sets the timeline for everything else. At this point, I would speculate September 2018 for the new school opening as earliest potential date, but again, no timeline has been announced yet by TDSB officials, so it could be earlier or later. When TDSB makes any authoritative announcements about timing or other details, we will post the news on this web site.

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