After a city council vote on Tuesday, it was announced that a portion of 54 de Gaulle Dr. in Scarborough, Ontario, was to be razed in the name of repair and its students to be shuffled around, despite being renters. With that, a lively city debate that had many wondering whether Toronto council was there to serve its citizens or its developers came to a stunning conclusion.
It was not long after the decision to demolish that another property on the same street in the ward experienced yet another historic moment. At 70 years old, the house at 18+ de Gaulle no longer had electricity — the city deemed it an eyesore. It had also experienced a wave of disrepair and disrepair. The city declared that it was in danger of collapsing.
More than 40 affordable housing units inside that house were also deemed to be unsafe. Also expected to be demolished was a neighbouring property at 68 de Gaulle Dr. that features 20 units of one bedroom accommodation for low-income families. To date, however, council has not acted to deem either property unsafe.