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The city can’t escape controversy whenever it changes the western LRT route.
While folks at the Unitarian campus on Cleary Avenue are pleased the LRT tunnel won’t cut through their property, owners of neighbouring condos and a strip mall aren’t thrilled with the new alignment.
“The city must be prepared to pay for the consequences,” Randy Gordon told council’s finance and economic development committee Tuesday.
Gordon, chair of a working group at the 727 Richmond Rd. condo complex, chastised the city for surprising homeowners with the new alignment in March. The rail path would eat up some of the condo property. Required ventilation infrastructure would block the river vistas for some residents on the ground floor, Gordon said.
Charles Davies, president of the condo board at 75 Cleary Ave., said residents are concerned the LRT tunnel would come within a couple of metres of the building’s foundation.