Historic St. Paul power plant smokestack demolished

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After overlooking the Mississippi River for 91 years, the chimney stack atop the Island Station coal power plant in St. Paul toppled to the ground in a matter of seconds Sunday morning.

Frattalone Cos., the same company behind part of the Metrodome tear down, used explosives to demolish the 280-foot-tall chimney, according to the Pioneer Press.The smokestack was brought down as part of the ongoing demolition of the Island Station power plant, WCCO says.

The former power plant has sat empty for the last 41 years after failed plans for redevelopment. Last fall, an Arizona company purchased the property for $4.05 million, according to media reports.

The St. Paul City Council designated the plant a historical heritage site. But MPR News says that designation offers no protection.

There has been no word on what will go in the power plant's place. Work and debris removal is expected to end by late spring, FOX 9 reports.

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