Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

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“Mighty Marysville” Power Plant now collapsed
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
On Nov. 7, the former DTE owned Marysville Power Plant collapsed in a great wall of dust and brick. The blast was heard all across Marysville, while the dust covered the river. Eight seconds, and the Plant was no more.
In 2011, the “Mighty Marysville” Power Plant was formally retired. On May 23, 2014 the Commercial Development Company (CDC) of St. Louis, Missouri bought the Plant and began tearing the Plant apart from the inside.
The Plant was not always there. In 1690, it was a lumber mill. In the late 1800s, the mill was demolished to make room for the Plant. In 1922, the Plant became fully operational and began generating electricity. At the height of the Plant’s life, it employed around 300 people.
According to the website for CDC the current plans for the property is to open a “100-room hotel, retail/office, restaurants, and marina with pedestrian walkways.”
Mary Chiveh, 42 from Marysville, said, “The explosion scared the heck out of my dogs, but it didn’t frighten me. I’ll miss that giant eyesore.”
Dan Mitchall, 47 and from St. Clair, woke up early to see the demolition, “It was a sight to see. Lots of history in that building and, poof! All gone. Out with the old and in with the new, right?”

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