Toronto Transit Comission garage at 1627 Danforth Avenue

TTC garage site approved for new police station in East York

City council gives the green light to 1627 Danforth Ave. as the location for a consolidated 54 and 55 Division building

A new police station to house the amalgamated 54 and 55 Divisions will be built in East York on the site of the TTC’s current Danforth Garage.

Council approved the preferred site, at 1627 Danforth Ave. near Coxwell Avenue, on Jan. 31. It prevailed over two other finalists: the East York Civic Centre and the current 55 Division headquarters.

Local councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31), Paula Fletcher (Ward 30), Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29), and Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32) submitted a letter of recommendation for the two-hectare site that characterized the location as a “Fantastic building opportunity that cannot be missed.”

The new site also “aligns with the city’s real estate goals seeking to co-ordinate, modernize, and maximize the value of city assets,” the report for action said.

The budget for the consolidated building is estimated at $32.425 million. The funding “is included in the 2018-2027 preliminary capital budget and plan,” the report for action said.

The current 54 Division building is at 41 Cranfield Rd. The 55 Division building is at 101 Coxwell Ave. Together, the two divisions cover the Central and East parts of Toronto, including East York.