More Speculation about Buttonville

Speculation of what will happen to Buttonville Airport if it closes was the focus of a recent article in the Georgina Advocate.

According to the article, which quotes Mr. Sifton, the airport land is actually zoned Commercial (I have yet to confirm this). The 165 acres that the Siftons own, and which the airport sits on, is worth an estimated $165M.

It is possible, but highly unlikely, that the airport could be torn down and be replaced by a mall or other commercial space.

Personally I suspect the land is worth more than $165M as it is prime real estate. Especially if it is zoned Commercial.

The article spends some time discussing how residents are complaining about the noise from the airport. What most people don’t realize is that the airport was there before them. Which in my mind makes all of their complaints moot.

[Mr. Sifton] indicates he’s encouraged a resolution will be found and reassures that Buttonville isn’t closing today and that they “still plan on being here tomorrow and beyond providing it makes business sense for us to do so”.

It all comes down to money. With the lack of GTAA funding it might be more worthwhile (ie, make more money) for the Siftons to demolish the airport and lease/sell the land to commercial developers.

Remember: Buttonville is a private airport on private lands. It is not run by the government or available for public use. The Siftons have generously allowed the public to use the airport during operating hours.

The bottom line: If the airport continues to make money, then its staying. Otherwise runway 33 might turn into a Walmart.

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2 thoughts on “More Speculation about Buttonville

  1. The only thing I don’t understand is if YKZ closes, where would SenecaC and TAL go? I’m sure Seneca pays a pretty penny for the hangar space and use of the airport.

  2. Let’s remeber that Sifton has received millions of dollars from the taxpayers over the last 20 years. The GTAA was funding $250K per year (from the ticket sales from Pearson) and York Region was coughing up another $250k.
    That’s the obvious – above board dollars. There are other subsidies, like the taxes are paid on the assess value of 30 million, not the market value of 150 million.
    It’s time for the airport to close – it’s a safety issue (no place to land in case of engine failure), most of the flights are training flights and that’s just a dumb thing to have in a dense urban area. – getting more schools and office towers and homes all the time.

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