On Friday, Sept. 4, Dave Smith of Kansas-based Smith Construction separates the metal and wood heaped in a pile at the demolition site of the century-old elevators located northwest of downtown Holyoke. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
An old photo shows what the elevator complex along Holyoke’s railroad tracks looked like in the past. — Source: Phillips County Museum
Demo begins on century-old elevators
Safety concerns are the main reason CHS Grainland is demolishing an old elevator complex and a dry fertilizer facility along the railroad tracks northwest of downtown Holyoke.
Smith Construction, a company based out of Kansas, began tearing down the facilities last Thursday, Sept. 3. CHS Grainland General Manager Evan Fust said he hoped the demo would be complete by the end of the month.
In regard to the century-old facilities that had no commercial value any more, Fust said metal was often ripped off in strong winds, rodents and other animals had taken over, and the old wood could be a big fire hazard.
He emphasized that CHS Grainland wants to be good stewards in the community, so the cooperative felt it was time to tear down the old complex and clean up the site. There are no plans to build new construction in its place.
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