Ward 9 housing instead of toxic soil

Last night unearthed personal memories of past Record columns and a group of residents who successfully beat city hall.

I recalled those columns as we canvassed the attractive housing development fronting on Highland Road near Queen Street, site of what almost became a very undesirable industry that would have treated vast amounts of toxic-laced soil trucked in from around Ontario.

Smack in the middle of residential areas and about a block from St. Mary’s Hospital, the nonsensical, smelly soil-remediation plant would have resulted in hundreds of trucks rumbling through nearby neighbourhoods.

I wrote columns criticizing that proposal after surrounding neighbours organized and staged one of the most effective and successful community protests ever seen at Kitchener city hall.

The soil-remediation proposal was buried and, instead, the existing low-rise housing units were built, sandwiched between Highland and the Iron Horse Trail.

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