Air monitoring equipment in place before Sappi stack comes down

Sappi stack up for demolition

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Police in Muskegon say Monday morning shortly after 7:00 a.m. road closed signs will be placed on Lakeshore Drive at Cottage Grove and McCracken.

Several side streets that lead to the Sappi property will also close Monday morning. Police will establish the 1,000 feet safety zone demolition experts need to blow up the stack. It's the one with the blue and black top.

Sheriff's boats will enforce the safety zone on Muskegon Lake. Police say there's no designated area for the public to watch from.

Air quality tests in the Lakeside neighborhood are happening right now.

Four-years ago the power plant at Sappi was blasted to the ground. Significantly less explosives needed to knock down the smoke stack.

Friday workers were busy building a tall berm around the smoke stack.

The stack will be dowsed with water. And partially wrapped in material in an effort to control dust.

There are two businesses directly under the stack, and just across Lakeshore Drive.  

"There is that threat but it's a very small threat," said Jon Habetler, owner of Hab's Good Eats 'n Treats.

The pending blast has the attention of residents in Muskegon's Lakeside neighborhood.

."I'm excited for what Pure Muskegon is doing for our city and in my neighborhood," said Teresa Emory.

Police say the stack will come down at 8:00 a.m. that is if there aren't any delays due to weather or technical issues.

Pure Muskegon purchased the Sappi property last year. 

It's where a group of local investors hope to develop Windward Pointe. That project may include a number of different residential, recreational, and commercial projects.

WZZM 13 News will air the demolition Monday morning on our webstie at wzzm13.com or on our Facebook page.

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