1 of 2 Sappi stacks to come down July 17

In less than a week, demolition will get underway on one of the smoke stacks at the old Sappi Paper plant in Muskegon.

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Muskegon police are beginning to notify neighborhood residents that one of the two Sappi smoke stacks is coming down next week.

The stack will come down at 8 a.m. Monday, July 17. The conclusion to tear it down was made by a firm hired to remove asbestos from the exterior of the stacks.

When the stack is knocked down, the rubble will be hauled to a landfill that's certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan D.E.Q.

Earlier: Owners of Sappi property present new stack demolition plan to state

Investors using the name "Pure Muskegon," believe the second stack is structurally sound enough to work on and it's work may begin after the dangerous stack is removed.

Developers purchased the 120-acre property last August. Plans call for the former industrial site to become "Windward Pointe." The development may include marinas, restaurants, and various forms of waterfront housing.

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