The third and final smokestack at the former Toledo Edison power plant location in East Toledo was shortened Aug. 29 by an implosion.
The 297-foot stack was intended to be shortened to about 100 feet, but will end up being around 75 feet, said Bill Burkett, city commissioner for economic and business development.
“We knew there was a possibility depending on how that stack fell that there could be some additional damage,” Burkett said. “There’s 25, maybe 28 feet of brick left [on top of a 48-foot concrete base]. It looks a little short, we know that. But our scope was 100 feet, plus or minus 25 feet and they are right there right now.”
Oklahoma-based Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp. was contracted by Cleveland-based B&B Wrecking by the City of Toledo to perform the implosion.
The two other smokestacks at the site were imploded July 16. See video below:
B&B Wrecking will stabilize the site and then be back within a week to even out the brick portion, Burkett said. The company will use machinery, not human workers for safety reasons, he said.
A former guard building at the front of the site was preserved for possible future use, he said.
One hundred holes were drilled about 110 feet up the stack and filled with explosives.
“That should have been he center line pivot, but it blew a lot different,” Burkett said. “It should have hinged on that center line and it did a little bit, but then it came straight down instead of breaking over and I think that’s what happened.”
The architectural review committee for the Marina District wanted the stack to be higher than 100 feet, Burkett said.
“They really wanted a taller stack to remain,” Burkett said. “They definitely wanted it taller than 100 feet. They thought that would look a little squatty. They’re probably not real happy about a 75-foot stack and I can understand that. We all would have liked to have more remain, but it just wasn’t possible [due to structural issues and how the implosion fell].”
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins is hoping to turn the remaining stack into a lighthouse motif, but Burkett said nothing has been decided yet.
“I’m not going to say we’re not going to do it and I’m not going to say we are going to do it,” Burkett said. “We don’t have concrete plans but we certainly believe whatever is done should be done in conjunction with the nearby Marina District and the nearby museum.” That just makes sense.”