The City of Toronto will host a public consultation session on Tuesday, April 25 at St. Mary’s Elementary School (20 Portugal Sq.) to collect input from residents on potential uses for an old building at 677 Wellington St. W. popularly known as the Wellington Destructor.
The Wellington Destructor was a large garbage incinerator inside a brick building. The structure was built in 1925.
Public participation is an important part of the process to determine the appropriate future uses for the building. Next week’s public consultation, which will take place in the school gym from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will consist of information displays, a presentation by City staff, a panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer session and further opportunity for comment. An online survey is also available on the City’s website for those unable to attend next week’s consultation session.
The incinerator was in active use until the burning of solid waste was halted in the mid-1970s. At that time, the site became a waste transfer station for a period. The transfer station has been decommissioned for decades and today the site not being used.
The property was listed on the City of Toronto heritage register in June 2005 and is subject to heritage policies for its conservation. The brick building has been closed since 2005 to prevent further deterioration and was secured at that time to prevent entry.
The survey and more information about the consultation are available here.