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Demolition scheduled to begin Monday at former gas manufacturing plant

Posted by wlpo on December 1, 2013

A building that’s been south of downtown La Salle for more than 100 years is scheduled to start coming down Monday.  The former manufactured gas plant is between Canal Road and the I and M Canal.  Years ago it was used to turn coal into gas.

Ameren doesn’t own the land but is responsible for the removal of the ground contamination.  Since October, workers have been removing coal tar from the ground and asbestos from the building.

The old brick building is coming down and its basement removed and backfilled with clean clay.  The air is being monitored for benzene.  The demolition will take several weeks.

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