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North York Centre
The subway station is the second last stop on the TTC's Yonge subway line, just before Finch station. It was opened in 1987 even though the subway line to Finch had been opened in 1974. It was built to serve the growing downtown core of the former City of North York. North York had been merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new "City of Toronto" in 1998.
The Yonge corridor between Finch and Sheppard Avenues grew extensively after the opening of the subway station. To create relieve pressure on downtown Toronto, the Official Plan for Metropolitan Toronto encouraged densification at North York Centre (and other suburban centres) permitting high rise condominium towers and office buildings.
The North York Centre subway station is accessed through the basement levels of the two shopping malls at the intersection, Empress Walk and North York Centre.
The station serves Earl Haig Secondary School (2 blocks east), North York Central Library (adjacent), as well as a movie theatre (adjacent) and stage theatre (3 blocks South).
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