Xenia landmark demolition begins

Hooven smokestack demolished in Xenia
Hooven smokestack demolished in Xenia. (WDTN Photo)

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Demolition of a  Xenia landmark started Monday as the chimney stack at the former Hooven and Allison Cordage Company was demolished.

Wrecking crews used a crane instead of using explosives to take the chimney down to save money.

They say when using explosives, additional first responders are needed on site in case something goes wrong, costing the city additional money.

Explosive were originally to be used to bring the chimney down when it was planned to keep a second building safe on site.

Too many structural problems were found in that second building and it was decided to demolish it late last year with a crane instead.  Kay Magmuson hates to see it go.

“I think there’s pros and cons.  Some people say it should stay regardless of expense.  Some people think not a big deal.  There people like us. We hate to see it go down,” said Magmuson.

The 21 acre site, a Xenia landmark since 1885, has been vacant since 2004.

Weather conditions postponed the demolition project until this week.

City leaders said this demolition is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

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