Although a previously planned start date for the razing of old Whirlpool Plant No. 1 has passed, Whirlpool officials say the process is expected to begin in January, after demolition preparation work …
Although a previously planned start date for the razing of old Whirlpool Plant No. 1 has passed, Whirlpool officials say the process is expected to begin in January, after demolition preparation work is completed.
According to Whirlpool VP of communications and public affairs D. Jeffrey Noel, the company is currently working to finalize its demolition plans.
“We are continuing to work with demolition contractors,” Noel told the Cleveland Daily Banner. “Whirlpool is taking all of the necessary planning to keep this project moving forward, and based upon the current schedule, the actual demolition of Plant No. 1 will commence in January 2019."
Work to bring down the structure was slated to begin in November, with expectations the plant would be demolished by early next year.
Noel said city residents will very soon be seeing trucks moving in an out of area of the facility as the demolition process begins on the outside of the structure.
Currently, electrical crews have been preparing the structure for razing by shutting down all power systems and removing equipment.
A previous story published in the Cleveland Daily Banner reported that crews were also working to remove asbestos from the 100-year-old plant site.
The much-anticipated leveling of the structure will be one more step toward the city’s downtown revitalization plan, which includes utilizing the site as a focal point for attracting patrons to downtown. Proposals include constructing a sports complex and creating a large green space featuring a lake.
Whirlpool relocated from the multi-building campus to its new 1-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility in 2012. The plant employs approximately 1,500 area residents.
The Benton Harbor, Michigan-based appliance manufacturer sold Plant No. 3, located on Euclid Avenue, to Phoenix Investors in early 2017. The building was closed shortly after Whirlpool acquired Maytag in 2006.
Plant No. 2, the former Hardwick Stove Company, remains vacant.
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