Conesville stacks razed for industrial park

Two stacks fall during demolition Sunday at the former American Electric Power Plant in Conesville. The third stack is already down. The Frontier Group of Companies took over the site in June and is turning it into the Conesville Industrial Park.

COSHOCTON —  Three towering concrete stacks that were the most visual reminders of Conesville’s defunct coal-fired power plant came down Sunday morning, the next step in creating prime space for the development of a new industrial park.

The 805-foot structures loomed over the Conesville Power Plant, a 2,085-megawatt power generation facility, which closed in May of 2020. Standing since 1957, the towers were a symbol of economic stability from a plant that at its peak employed 525 people and 150 contractors. Also demolished were two large boilers, known as units five and six. 

The Frontier Group of Companies took over the site in June and announced its plans for the Conesville Industrial Park in August. Plans include a 50-megawatt solar array. Officials at the time said demolition of structures and remediation of the land will take about seven years.

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