UPDATE: Miamisburg smokestack demolition delayed; was to happen Friday

Developer cites delay in some materials needed for the implosion, says they plan to reschedule the work in the near future

Friday’s planned demolition of three huge smokestacks at the former Hutchings Station power plant in Miamisburg has been postponed, developers working on the project said late Wednesday.

“Due to a delay in our subcontractor’s supplier being able to deliver the required materials, needed for the implosion, we are postponing this project to a later date,” said Adam Keib, general superintendent for the Frontier Industrial Corp.

Frontier officials said they plan to re-schedule the project in the near future and will inform the community about the details.

Pat Ford, director of external affairs and business development for Frontier, had warned earlier that this was a delicate project.

“There are a number of factors (that) contribute to whether we drop it at the designated time and on the designated date,” Ford said, adding that the company retains a professional contractor to perform this specialized type of work.

Frontier describes itself as an environmental liability transfer company and brownfield developer offering a wide range of demolition and redevelopment services.

The firm conducted a large drop in Conesville a couple of years ago and had to postpone it for a day because of low-ceiling atmosphere, Ford said.

“Site conditions, weather conditions, a variety of other factors have to be completely satisfactory for us to perform this type of work,” he said.

The former Hutchings Station power plant sits on the west bank of the Great Miami River, along Chautauqua Road about two-and-a-half miles south of downtown Miamisburg. The former Dayton Power & Light — now AES Ohio — opened the facility in 1948 and deactivated it in 2015.

In January 2021, Frontier Industrial purchased more than 200 acres at the site for just more than $866,000. The Buffalo, N.Y.-based company previously said the best reuse for the site would be a recreation complex and residential development, mentioning the possibility of indoor and outdoor athletic fields, along with some “accessory commercial uses.”

Frontier specializes in decommissioning and removing waste from sites, Ford said.

“The only sites that we develop are brownfields, which are historically (former) power plants, steel mills, textile factories, chemical plants, pulp factories,” he said. “That’s what we do. So whenever we acquire these assets and take on all of the environmental liability and responsibility to clean those sites up.”

When the demolition does occur, Ford said the best areas for public viewing will be the dam on the opposite side of the river, and Rice Field to the northeast.

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