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What's in store for former site of Acme smokestacks?

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Two of the three smokestacks are now gone. Two of the three smokestacks are now gone.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Cleanup efforts continue at the site of the former Acme power plant in the Marina District in east Toledo, where two of the plant's smokestacks were recently demolished.

Many people have high hopes for what the future holds for the site, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

A big transformation is happening after two of the three smokestacks came crumbling down, leaving piles of rubble. The concrete is now being broken down, including the base of the smokestacks, and the steel from the concrete is being recycled.  Once a processor grinds it all up, dirt will be placed over it.

"A sister project next door is the Waterways Initiative," said Bill Burkett, commissioner of Toledo's Economic Development. "They'll be working in Edison Park. They'll be generating anywhere between 15,000 and 40,000 cubic yards of dirt. We're going to have them place that over the material."

This will pave the way for redevelopment on the site, which is adjacent to the National Museum of the Great Lakes.  City officials say the third smokestack will be lowered from 297 feet to 100 feet, and possibly be turned into a lighthouse.

"We know we want to put something in there that is complimentary to the museum," said Burkett. "The museum folks have talked with us already about some ideas that they have for that area. I think it's going to be interesting."

Plans could also include a park at the site.  The City of Toledo is hoping to have the land ready for development by this fall.  City officials say they're anticipating construction on the site by early next spring, and for the site to be completely developed within a few years.

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