Progress, Jobs in Marcus Hook: Smokestack Gets Swapped Out for Warehouse

A smokestack in Marcus Hook
Image via Pete Bannan, MediaNews Group.

Ground is being cleared in Marcus Hook to make way for new development.  That included imploding a 225-foot tall smokestack at the former FMC/American Viscose property on 10th Street, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.

The smokestack is part of an ongoing demolition of abandoned buildings covering 700,000 square feet of space on 30 acres. The property has been empty for more than 40 years.

A 200,000-pound excavator is clearing the property. About 60,000 tons of masonry from the demolition will be crushed, processed and reused in the new building.

An environmentally-focused LEED-sustainable warehouse will be built on the site, generating jobs for the community.

A three-alarm fire hit one of the old warehouse sections being demolished back in November.

The property was sold to Duke Realty in December and work has been progressing since.

Joe Myers, who lives across from the facility, won’t miss the old plant.

“It’s a good change, it’s been a long time coming,” Myers said. “If they keep going I’ll have riverfront property.”

His son Ron agreed.

“New business, new tax base, jobs,” the younger Myers said. “I’m happy it’s finally happening.”

Read more at the Daily Times about ongoing demolition work in Marcus Hook .