Streetcar project hits another bump
The dump truck idling for hours outside her St. Clair Ave. W. restaurant wasn’t doing Sandra Cacciotti’s business any good yesterday, and the No Parking barriers strung along the curb made matters even worse.
Cacciotti and other business operators along the path of the new St. Clair streetcar right-of-way found themselves starting a new chapter in the long saga of that controversial project, and not a happy one. It was time to fight city hall — again.
Days before Christmas, merchants were alarmed to find construction crews reducing traffic lanes in the business area west of Dufferin St., banning parking and, yesterday, starting to tear up the streetcar tracks in preparation for raising the track level.
"We were under the impression they were going to start this after the holidays, in January," said a distraught Cacciotti, who said business at her St. Clair Village Trattoria had plummeted to half the usual.
A call from Gillan prompted local councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17, Davenport) to convene a meeting with Gillan, the TTC and city works officials — who agreed to call off the work until after Christmas.
Dave Crichton, the city’s manager of design and contracting for TTC projects, said the No Parking barriers will be gone for the start of business today.