The planned demolition of one of the smokestacks at the former Sappi plant has been delayed according to officials.
There had been plans to demolish the smokestack on Monday, July 17, however according to Muskegon's Public Safety Director Jeffrey Lewis, those plans have changed.
He says that due to weather conditions, the demolition planned for Monday will be rescheduled for a day 'when favorable conditions prevail."
Last week, workers set up air quality tests in the Lakeside neighborhood in anticipation of the demolition. Police in Muskegon had planned to close several side streets leading to the Sappi property, along with Lakeshore Drive at Cottage Grove and McCracken.
The decision to tear down the smokestack was made by a firm hired to remove asbestos from the exterior of the stacks. When it is eventually knocked down, all the rubble will he hauled to a landfill that's certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan D.E.Q.
Investors under the name "Pure Muskegon" purchased the property last year. They hope to develop Windward Pointe in it's place, which may include a number of different residential, recreational and commercial projects.
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