Demolition of former BF Goodrich power plant in Akron – Akron Beacon Journal | CarTailz

Portions of the building adjacent to BF Goodrich's chimneys are slated for demolition.  The chimneys are still safe for now.

A former symbol of Akron’s industrial might will fall to the ground.

Akron City Council voted unanimously this week to demolish BF Goodrich’s old power plant at 538 S. Main St.

The city received nearly $5 million in state grants for the project, which is estimated to cost $6.6 million in total. The city authorized Director of Public Services Chris Ludle to contract for the demolition and removal of the structure on the east side of the Ohio and Erie Canal.

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According to the Summit County Fiscal Office website, portions of the brick building date from 1861, a decade before the BF Goodrich Co. was founded.

“The age of this building is beyond repair,” Ludle told a council committee Oct. 31. “It’s prone to vandalism and it’s an environmental issue that we have here in the city.”

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