‘Hands off Osgoode Hall,’ Mayor John Tory warns Metrolinx over proposal to tear up historic site for new Ontario Line station

Mayor John Tory warns Ontario’s transit agency: Don’t touch Osgood Hall.

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The mayor issued a strong message Tuesday in response to Metrolinx’s plan to tear down a corner of the historic building’s grounds to construct the entrance to a new Ontario Line subway station.

Metrolinx, the provincial Crown corporation responsible for transit expansion in the GTA, says it has determined the site at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Queen Street West is the best option from a transit and engineering perspective.


The new station will connect to the existing Osgood stop on TTC’s Line 1, and is projected to be one of the busiest on the 15-station, $11 billion Ontario line. According to Metrolinx, by 2041, 12,000 people an hour will be using the new stop at its busiest, and it should be large enough to let large numbers of people in and out.

But Tory said there must be a way to complete the project without encroaching upon Osgood Hall, whose…