Smoke stack starts to come down

By Scott Halasz

March 11, 2014

XENIA — Demolition on the smoke stack at the Hooven & Allison property began Monday morning after being delayed because of weather.

However those who lined the street and the fence line on adjacent property to witness its destruction were probably a bit disappointed when the wrecking ball made its first hit at 9:40 a.m. Instead of one or two big hits and a massive implosion, crews from the Loewendick Demolition Contractors, Inc., slowly chipped away at the brick structure, gradually bring it down.

City of Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky said it’s easier to clean up if the building comes down that way as opposed to having the wrecking ball smash the smoke stack into pieces flying everywhere.

By 3:40 p.m. almost 75 percent of the structure was gone and the rest would be torn down with a backhoe. Brodsky said it could take up to a day and a half for the building to completely be demolished.

The original plan was to demolish the stack by using a small explosive process in order to make sure nearby Building 2 was not damaged. But, because of structural issues discovered in Building 2, the decision was made for it to be demolished because Building 2 no longer needed to be saved.

Also, because all the weather problems delayed preparation work, the explosive demolition contractor would not have been available until late March, and would have negatively impacted the rest of the project schedule Brodsky previously said.

Scott Halasz contributed to this story.