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1/18/2013 11:46:00 AM
Coming down slowly
Smokestack demolition at Kitson mill site will no longer involve explosives

Brian King
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC – The smokestack and elevator shaft planned for demolition by explosive at the old Kitson mill site will still take place next week. It will just be a slower process than originally planned.

The contractor performing the cleanup, NEO Corporation, originally planned to use explosives to demolish the smokestack and elevator shaft on January 7. That date was pushed back to January 22 after some necessary paperwork was not in place. Now, city officials say that the contractor will use a crane to bring the structures down.

An engineer's review of the anticipated vibration that would be caused when the structures impacted with the ground has raised a concern that it is possible the vibration could cause foundation damage to adjoining homes.

“The contractor made the decision after getting the engineer’s opinion,” city manager Charlie Barrineau said. “After looking at a number of different scenarios they decided to bring in a crane and wrecking ball.”

Barrineau also noted that there will no longer be a detour around the area and homes will not have to be evacuated. The process is expected to take between three and five days and will be completed with no additional cost to the city.

Work at the site has been delayed due to the rain the past week, but much of the debris has been removed from the site and taken to the landfill.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: michelle mcmillan

If Ken Wiltshire wants to keep this property as a memorial to the textile industry, then we should make a park out of this land and dedicate it to the long time families who worked in textiles. I know we have Cambridge Park but this would be a good remembrance of what was there for so many let this property just stand is sad but no credit needs to go to the Self family for they are the reason it has to be torn down.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Brandon N

To all the people who do not want this done:

I work for Greenwood Mills and have for five years, my family has for dozens of years. The textile industry is not being forgotten, as we have a monument uptown, and Harris plant is still active. However, this is an abandoned site that needs to be taken down. If you would like to remember the textile industry, perhaps you could fund some money to create a memorial to it. Being a greenwood citizen, and growing up on this mill village, the time has come to let this go.

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Kenn Wiltshire

Pity, now that this method of demo has been selected, that we cannot just remove the top addition and keep the solid rest of the Stack, to immortalise our Textile history?

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: michelle mcmillan

I think they used good judgement in using a crane...I think it will be safer and the surrounding houses will not be jolted and covered in that awful dust....great decision....

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: ashleigh pope

It looks great so far! Great work guys! Will miss the mill and its memories but maybe with it gone the dust will cease.

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