Former Acme smokestacks set for demolition July 16Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of the three existing smokestacks at the former Acme Power Plant near the Marina District on the East Side are set to be demolished July 16.
Oklahoma-based Dykon Corporation has been contracted through Cleveland-based B&B Wrecking by the City of Toledo to perform the implosion, scheduled to occur around 12:30 p.m., according to an advisory from the City of Toledo.
Viewers can watch from Edison Park on Front Street, but only credentialed media and VIP guests will be allowed in Tribute Park, also on Front Street.
Notices were hand delivered to Front Street residents in the blast’s exclusion zone. Those residents are encouraged to leave their homes before noon. Those who choose to stay must remain inside until the all clear is given, expected around 1 p.m.
A large dust cloud is possible. While this dust has not been deemed toxic or hazardous to the health of the general population, those with respiratory issues should avoid the area for a short time after the implosions have taken place, and it is recommended that those in the exclusion area shut their windows and turn off air conditioning units immediately prior to and after the implosions to reduce any impact from the implosion dust.
Motorists using the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway should expect traffic speed to be reduced or stopped depending on traffic flow prior to the scheduled implosion.
Boaters who dock their vessels at the Skyway Marina are encouraged to move their boats before 11 a.m. Water traffic will be prohibited from entering the area from the Craig Bridge to the Martin Luther King Bridge from 10:30 a.m. until the all clear is given.
The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be closed July 16 due to the planned implosion.
Additional demolition work will continue at the site after the implosion, but it is not expected to impact traffic, access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes or other surrounding homes or businesses.
The third smokestack will remain for now but will be reduced in height by about 100 feet soon, to comply with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, said Lisa Ward, public information officer for the City of Toledo.