XENIA — The former Hooven & Allison Cordage Company site, 677 Cincinnati Avenue, will be open to the public for photos from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, prior to the demolition of the chimney stack. There will also be a limited supply of bricks available for the public to take as souvenirs.
“Since announcing the stack would be demolished earlier this year, many people have asked if they could come on to the site to take some photos prior to the demolition,” Xenia Development Director Steve Brodsky said.
With heavy equipment operating around the site, public safety was a major concern. In discussing this with contractor Environmental Management Specialists, Inc., it was decided that setting aside an afternoon for the public to come on site would be the safest option. Areas where the public can park and safely take photos will be marked.
Demolition of the stack is planned for the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20.
“Only a few select personnel directly involved with the demolition of the stack will be allowed on site during the demolition,” Brodsky said.
A House of Prayer, 282 Stelton Road, has graciously offered the church as a public viewing area.
“The church property offers a great view of the stack, and is well outside of the defined 500-foot safety buffer zone, so the public can safely watch the event,” Brodsky said.
The City of Xenia is working with EMS on finalizing the plans for the demolition, including the exact time and planned detours, as Cincinnati Avenue (US Rt. 42) will have to be closed during the demolition.