Allied Paper Demolition
I had a chance to drive by the Allied mill during the 2nd week of September 2004 to check on the status of the demolition. Here is what I found:
A big chunk of Mill C is missing.
It feels strange to be able to see this much of the power plant from Alcott street.
It looks like they're tearing through Mill C pretty rapidly.
They've got a pretty good start on Mill C's large warehouse, too. That panel of windows that is hanging in mid-air from the warehouse wall looks pretty cool.
It appears that they have established electrical service to the trailers.
The whole landscape here has been altered.
The inside of Mill C has become the outside of Mill C; by way of Homrich's actions.
The large steel tank has been toppled.
The architecture of the newly exposed section of Mill C compliments that of the power plant quite nicely.
They've still got their improved roadway going through there in front of and around back behind Mill C.
I'd be more excited if that crane were there to put the power plant back into operation than to get ready to tear it down, but what can one do?
Well, that part of Mill C is still there, although the burned portion is completely gone.
A large garbage dumpster and some barrels stand before this section of Mill C.
I wonder what's in those barrels.
One can walk up this newly installed gravel road to get a better look at the destruction.
They've made a lot of progress on Mill C, but quite a bit still remains of the massive complex.
For those of you who are familiar with the innards of Mill C, Matt's and my best guess is that the partially-torn-down building in this picture is the "connecting corridor (between the workshops and large warehouse) with the sketchy floor and fire extinguisher."
Here's the large warehouse again, or what's left of it. There is (or was) a large basement area underneath this warehouse, containing a lot of equipment and also a locker room. Unfortunately, we only discovered this area quite recently and did not get any pictures of it.
One can see the roof structure of the giant warehouse.
The tank is in even worse condition on this side. I wonder what they did to topple it like that.
It looks like that's the pipe (or one of the pipes) that ran from the tank to Mill C. It would have been fun to have tried to find that pipe's entrance in the basement of Mill C and see where it went or what it was connected to. I probably would have done this if someone hadn't BURNED THAT PART OF MILL C DOWN (sigh).
It looks like they didn't even bother removing some of the machinery before they started tearing into the warehouse.
I wonder when they are going to dismantle those connectors between the power plant, Mill C and Mill D.
I don't know what they've been doing inside the Powerhouse and Mill D, but none of the exterior demolition has started.
That metal cage (which was formerly guarding the connection between the fire hydrant and the garden hose to Mill C) looks kind of familiar...
Oh yeah, it's the container of Keydime C222 from Akzo Nobel that used to be sitting in the portion of Mill C just up the hill from here! Akzo/Eka's Keydime C product line is a line of synthetic internal sizing chemicals which are stabilized with cationic starch. Details about Keydime C 222 (the specific chemical that came in this container) are available on the web, but for some reason, I can only find this information in German.
They have placed some danger tape over the power plant doors, and they seem to have put black plastic sheets up over some of the windows. Perhaps they are already working on the asbestos in there, and are trying to prevent the fibers from blowing out of the building in the wind.
It's going to be a shame to see this building come down.
If they weren't tearing the factory down, I would be very tempted to try to buy the house that is situated about 2 yards to the right of this picture in a couple years when I finish school and get a job :).
Danger! There's asbestos in there!
That de-coiled conduit stuff is all over the place now.
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