Cars parked in the High Falls neighborhood this week got notices slipped under their wiper blades. RG&E will be demolishing the last Beebee Station smokestack sometime within the next six months due to high levels of asbestos contained within the structure.
The tower features the distinctive mark of the High Falls Historic District at the top. Standing watch over the neighborhood since the mid-1900’s, it’s become an icon nearly as recognizable as nearby Kodak Tower or the High Falls themselves.
The Beebee power plant generated power as early as 1900’s and several smokestacks were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The plant was shut down in 1999 and RG&E is currently accepting bids from developers to convert the station into mixed-use housing/retail space. Two of the plant’s three smokestacks were removed in 2007.
This news comes as North American Breweries, Inc. is getting set to demolish a 122 year old brewhouse on the opposite side of the river.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: This article previously stated that the notices on parked cars were from RG&E. They were actually from the owner of the lot on Mill Street. RG&E has provided the following statement:
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