Forest Hill station (Toronto)
Future site of the Forest Hill station entrance.
House of Chan, on the left, collapsed in April 2016
|Location||842 Eglinton Avenue West,|
|Architect||IBI Group Architects and|
Forest Hill is an underground light rail transit (LRT) station under construction on Line 5 Eglinton, a new line that is part of the Toronto subway system. It will be located in the Forest Hill neighbourhood at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Eglinton Avenue. It is scheduled to open in 2021.
During the planning stages for Line 5 Eglinton, the station was given the working name "Bathurst", which is identical to the pre-existing Bathurst station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth. On November 23, 2015, a report to the TTC Board recommended giving a unique name to each station in the subway system (including Line 5 Eglinton). Thus, the LRT station was renamed to "Forest Hill".
A small plaza at the northeast corner of the Eglinton and Bathurst intersection, which houses several businesses including a coffee shop and convenience store, will be demolished to make way for the main station entrance. The secondary entrance will be on the north side of Eglinton about 50 m (160 ft) west of the intersection, opposite Peveril Hill; the combined entry and service building will replace three storefronts. In the future, a possible third entrance may be added on the southwest corner adjacent to the Scotiabank.
Three local landmark businesses are likely to have their stores expropriated and demolished for the construction of the station, but it is hoped that they can be relocated on this same strip of Eglinton Avenue. Properties required for the construction of the station, at 842 Eglinton Avenue West and 874–876 Eglinton Avenue West, were expropriated.
Since completion of building the station headwalls, restoration of the roadway on Bathurst Street began on August 16, 2015.
On April 18, 2016, a scaffold erected across the face of the future secondary entrance collapsed, injuring seven people (three seriously). The collapsed structure was the façade of the former location of House of Chan, which is a local independent Chinese-Canadian restaurant; the restaurant itself relocated eastward along Eglinton Avenue to west of Avenue Road.
The following routes would serve this station according to the report presented at the board meeting on February 25, 2016:
|14||Glencairn||Westbound to Caledonia Road and eastbound to Davisville station|
|19||Bathurst||Northbound to Steeles Avenue West and southbound to Bathurst station|
|33||Forest Hill||Southbound to St. Clair West station|
|34||Eglinton||Westbound to Mount Dennis station and eastbound to Science Centre station|
- "Bathurst Crosstown Station". Urban Toronto. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "Line 5 Eglinton Station Names" (PDF). Board Presentation. Toronto Transit Commission. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
TTC staff evaluated the initial report and the proposed names and provided feedback and recommendations. A primary TTC concern was to avoid replication and redundancy with existing TTC station names. The proposed names are unique and are not likely to be confused with existing station names.
- "Bathurst Station". Eglinton Crosstown. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- Fannie Sunshine (November 29, 2011). "Bathurst station plans unveiled in Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown open house". Inside Toronto. Metroland News. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- Ross, Brendan (January 2012). "Local landmarks to be appropriated for Bathurst station". Post City Toronto. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
A recent public consultation meeting on the design of the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown rapid transit line's Bathurst station revealed that three local landmarks are likely to be appropriated and demolished for its construction.
- "Appendix "A" – Expropriation of Property Interests for the Eglinton Scarborough Crosstown Transit Project" (PDF). toronto.ca. City of Toronto. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
Main station entrance and vent shafts for Bathurst Station. Secondary entrance, vent shafts and traction power substation for Bathurst Station.
- MacKenzie, Robert (August 16, 2015). "Eglinton Crosstown LRT – Bathurst: Roadway restoration, August 16, 17". Transit Toronto. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
Since they've almost finished this part of the project, they're restoring the roadway.
- Davidson, Terry (April 18, 2016). "Stroller protects baby in scaffolding collapse on Eglinton". Toronto Sun. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
A baby stroller may have saved its tiny occupant from injury Monday when a wall collapsed at the street-side demolition site of what will be a Crosstown LRT station on Eglinton Ave. W.
- Paul Johnston (April 18, 2016). "Eglinton scaffolding collapse injures 7, including baby: paramedics". CP24. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- "Changes to TTC Bus Routes in Eglinton Corridor for Line 5 Rapid Transit Line" (PDF). Toronto Transit Commission. February 25, 2016.
- Media related to Bathurst Street Station, Eglinton Crosstown LRT at Wikimedia Commons