XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The demolition of the old Hooven and Allison smokestack in Xenia is delayed.
It was scheduled for February 20, but hit a snag.
Crews say the slab that the smokestack will fall upon needs to be power washed in order to remove asbestos residue.
They say if it is not washed, all of the debris must be considered hazardous waste and that is much more expensive to clear away.
Plans to use an explosive process to demolish the site was also changed to using a a crane and wrecking ball.
Planners say it is a safety issue and will not cost any additional dollars.
“There is a certain ‘cool’ factor to the explosive demolition, but in looking at public safety and convenience, cost and overall project management, the traditional crane and wrecking ball was the better choice,” said Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky.
The City still plans to have a public viewing area available during demolition.
The date and start time of the demolition is pending.