The city has approved the expropriation of 14 John St, the vacant lot adjacent to the Green P parking lot. The parking lot will soon be developed into a cultural hub and high-rise residence.
The land is needed, city staff says, because Metrolinx will (someday) build a pedestrian bridge over the tracks at John. Metrolinx bought part of the lot for the west side of the bridge, which did not leave enough space for the development.
Staff negotiated with the landowners but could not reach a deal. The terms of the expropriation are confidential.