2 Tecumseth sits on land that was originally part of the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishinaabe and the Mississauga of the New Credit.
The site represents a key intersection between Toronto’s ecological, urban and industrial patterns of evolution and development.
The landscape's dramatic topography echoes the Garrison Creek that once flowed though it. The creek’s beginnings stretch back around 12,000 years, when the Wisconsinan Glacier melted off the St. Clair West lands to form the original Lake Ontario shoreline and corresponding marshes.
It was home to Aboriginal Peoples long before Europeans settled in the area. Its rugged, expansive landscape included shallow, swampy ravine, resilient native flora and fauna.
By the 1800s the city’s ravines and the Garrison Creek were overflowing excess urban waste. The resulting pollution caused a public health emergency and, as a result, the Creek was diverted into a below-grade sewer system and fully buried.
Our development site wraps around the Iconic Wellington Destructor, a garbage incinerator built in the 1920s. Waste policies changed in the 1970s and the Destructor became a transfer station until it closed in the 1990s.
2 Tecumseth’s industrial past begins with the establishment of a cattle market on Niagara Street in 1875.
The site currently contains a municipal turned commercial abattoir that was closed-off-from and increasingly in conflict with its local neighbourhood.
Quality Meat Packers ceased its operations in 2014
TAS acquired the site in 2016.