Old Fulton Power Plant Demolished

8 years 11 months 6 days ago Monday, March 14 2011 Mar 14, 2011 Monday, March 14, 2011 11:12:00 AM CDT March 14, 2011 in Coverage From Callaway
By: Megan Murphy

FULTON - In May of 2009, we brought you the story of a Fulton eyesore, the old power plant. After years of trying, the city finally secured a grant to demolish the building. And now, it's finally gone.

They wanted it gone by last December, but better late than never.

"I think everybody's ready for it to come down. It's definitely an eyesore," said Blake Eastwood a Fulton inspector in 2009.

The old power plant was not only an eyesore, but a safetey safety hazard.

When we visited in early 2009 there was broken glass, bricks strewn about, and holes in the floor that could send you plunging to the basement inside the old pant. A definite safety hazard.

"Water was being trapped in the basement of it," said Fulton City engineer Greg Hayes.

"We've heard rumors that kids were swimming in the basement of this thing," Said Eastwood.

The shell of this building is what remains of the city's coal-fired electrical power plant. The building was built in 1923, and electrified the city until it was decommissioned forty-something years later.

"Currently right now, we spend $203,000 on removal of this structure," said Hayes.

"We did run into some lead paint in the basement that we didnt' account for and that ended up being like a $30,000 addition for the changeover," said Eastwood.

The Department of Economic Development grant covered 75 percent of the cost and the city came up with the rest. The footprint of the old power plant will become green space and the materials will either be recycled or used as fill.

"The steel, of course, is going to all be recycled. We're putting the material back into the hole it's creating," said Hayes.

City officials were happy to see this building come down.

"The pigeons, contaminants, everything in this area. We're just glad to clean it up and make it more of a park setting," said Hayes.

A place that can be enjoyed instead of avoided. The city will maintain ownership of that green space and will be responsible for its upkeep.


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