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Kitson Avenue Abandoned Mill Site Debris Removal

Schedule (CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES)

July 10, 2013 (UPDATE)

May 13, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The first round of soil and ground water samples should be collected by Tuesday, May 14. 
  • It is estimated all sample results from this round of sampling will be returned from the laboratory within an estimated 1 month time period.   Results will be available to the public. 
  • There are a number of black in color drums on the property.  When installing the ground wells, the wells have to be pumped until the conditions stabilize to collect a good sample that is not turbid. The water and any soil that comes out with the pumping has to be collected in drums and later disposed of properly. Because we do not know if it is contaminated until the results are received, we cannot discharge on the ground. This drummed waste is called investigation derived waste (IDW).   It is anticipated the IDW will be stored on the property until the anticipated next sampling is collected.  It is more cost effective to properly dispose all IDW at one time. 

May 8, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The Site-Specific Quality Assurance Project Plan (SSQAPP) for the site as been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).  The SSQAPP outlines the measures that will be taken to collect soil and groundwater samples.    The SSQAPP was developed by the City's project consultant CTC Public Benefit Corporation. 
  • Earthcon Drilling & Construction Company of Greenville, SC presented the low bid for the drilling effort.  They will be using a geoprobe.  A geoprobe is a special machine used to make soil borings and to create temporary groundwater monitoring wells.  Their work should take 3-5 days (weather dependent). 
  • This is the first phase of sampling.  Depending on results, additional sampling may be required.  Additionally, all sampling results will be public information. 
  • This phase of work is funded through a federal EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant.
  • Read about the latest efforts to restore the historic former Greenwood Mill Office Building led by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation.  CLICK HERE! 

March 26, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The damaged entrance gate at Kitson and Mill Avenue has been repaired.
  • As of today, the demolition and debris removal of the existing warehouse (also referred to as former mill 'waste' building) is complete.
  • Grass is beginning to show signs of growth.  As temperatures continue to increase, grass cover will increase.
  • As recently reported (READ STORY), local artist Skip Shelton has volunteered to paint window scenes on the boarding that will cover the open windows of the former mill office building.  It is anticipated the boarding will be installed as early as the week of April 8-12.  The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation is coordinating this effort. 
  • The City of Greenwood is continuing to work with our site consultant, CTC Public Benefit Corporation, to begin the next phase of work - site assessment (soil and groundwater samples).  We continue to anticipate the first samples will be taken by May 2013. 

March 1, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • Rain over the last two weeks has delayed activity at the site.
  • At their meeting on Monday, February 25, Greenwood City Council voted to use local funds to demolish the existing warehouse (also referred to as former mill 'waste' building).  We are working to obtain proper permitting for the demolition.  It is anticipated the contractor will have this structure removed by the end of March 2013.
  • At their meeting on Monday, February 25, Greenwood City Council also voted to allow the Palmetto Trust  for Historic Preservation to properly secure the former office building.  The building should be secure by the end of March 2013.  Palmetto Trust will be working on a plan that encourages the private restoration of this historic structure.
  • Seed and wheat straw was placed on the site today (Friday, March 1, 2013).
  • We are working to repair damage to the main gate  of the site off of Kitson Avenue.  Expect that repair to occur over the next two (2) weeks.

February 15, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • Weather dependent, seeding and straw should begin to go down on Tuesday, February 19.
  • City staff will continue to work to clean up the lower Norwood Avenue parking lot over the next week (February 19 - February 22). 
  • The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation has stepped forward to secure and weatherize the former office building.  Funding for this effort is being provided by the Trust.  Work to secure this building should take place over the next two (2) weeks. 
  • The City of Greenwood is continuing to work with our site consultant, CTC Public Benefit Corporation, to begin the next phase of work - site assessment (soil and groundwater samples).  We continue to anticipate the first samples will be taken by May 2013. 

February 8, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The large majority of the smokestack was taken down on Saturday, February 2.  As of Friday, February 8 the smokestack, including all debris, has been removed.
  • Air monitoring on the site is complete.
  • The debris removal contractor is now completing their final "punch list."  Seeding and wheat straw should go down over the next 2 weeks.
  • With the debris removal phase almost complete, the City of Greenwood is now entering the assessment phase for the site.  Funding for assessment is provided by an EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant.
  • The City of Greenwood has submitted a Generic Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP) for the Brownfields Assessment to SCDHEC and EPA Region 4.  Upon approval, the City will submit a site specific QAPP for this former mill site.  The site specific QAPP will identify the locations for soil and ground water samples to be taken.  We are optimistic the first phase of sampling will begin at the latest May 2013.

Monitoring Ending 2-7-13

Dust Cover Letter

                               

February 1, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • High winds Wednesday, January 30, Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1 delayed the use the of the crane to demolish the remaining portion of the smokestack.
  • The contractor will continue to work Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 to complete the demolition of the smokestack.
  • Once the smokestack is taken down below 75 feet, the contractor will work to bring the smokestack down in larger sections.  Hopefully, the demolition effort will go faster.
  • Once the smokestack is removed, efforts will shift to beginning the final grading of the property and proper seeding. 
  • City of Greenwood staff are also working to clean up the lower parking lot along Norwood Avenue.  The dilapidated perimeter fence along the parking lot adjacent to Norwood will be removed. 

Monitoring Ending 1-27-13

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

January 25, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The crane to be used to demolish the elevator shaft and smokestack arrived the afternoon of Thursday, January 24.  The contractor will work to bring both structures down by hand using a "man basket" attached to the crane.  The contractor will work through the weekend (Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27) to utilize the crane to complete demolition of these two structures.
  • All of the mill basement flooring has now been removed from the site and properly disposed of in the County landfill.
  • The contractor continued to focus on removing the remaining piles of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) from the site and properly transporting and disposing this material in the County landfill. 
  • There have been elevated dust readings reported by the City's third party air monitoring firm - ECS Carolinas, LLP.  A letter explaining these readings can be found read here.  The contractor was informed at the time of the elevated dust readings and additional water was added to the debris piles in areas where removal was occurring.
  • Greenwood City Council has scheduled a Public Hearing for Monday, January 28 at 5:30 pm to discuss the future of the old warehouse and office building.  These are the two structures remaining at the rear of the property. 

Monitoring Ending 1-10--13

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

Monitoring Ending 1-17-13

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

January 18, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • UPDATE ON SMOKESTACK/ELEVATOR SHAFT DEMOLITION - The City's contractor originally intended to use explosives to bring down as a whole the smokestack and elevator shaft.  Following an engineer's review, the weight and size of the structures were analysed for the anticipated vibration that would be caused when the structures impacted with the ground.  A concern has been rasied that it is possible this vibration could cause foundation damage to adjoining homes.  Therefore, the contractor plans to mobilize a crane the week of January 21-25 to bring down the structures in smaller sections.  This operation is expected to take 3-5 days.  There will be no additional cost to the City of Greenwood for this change.  This plan will not require a temporary detour and evacuation of the immediate area around the mill site.  The work will be contained within the former mill site.
  • Rain during the week of January 14-18 did delay a signficant amount of progress at the site.
  • During this past week, the contractor worked to transport to the County landfill the wood flooring removed from the former mill basement.

January 11, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The project continues on schedule.
  • Tuesday, January 22 continues to be the anticipated day for the demolition of the smokestack and elevator shaft.   
  • With a large portion of the debris removed, the contractor has now begun the process of grading the property.
  • This past week, the contractor worked to pull up the old wood flooring from the mill basement.  The wood will be properly removed from the site and disposed of in the County landfill next week.   

Monitoring Ending 1-4-13

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

January 4, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The smokestack and elevator shaft demolition previous announced for Monday, January 7 as been DELAYED until Tuesday, January 22. 

January 3, 2013 (UPDATE)

  • The project continues on schedule.
  • The Greenwood CPW is working to remove abandoned above ground electrical utility wires and poles that previously served the property.  These are being removed along Norwood Avenue. 
  • The contractor is set to bring down the smokestack and elevator shaft on Monday, January 7.  The City is planning to have a road closure set up around the mill site beginning at approximately 10 am till 1 pm Monday.  Area roads impacted include Kitson, Norwood, Jackson, Andrews, Duncan, Merriman, and Mill.  With an overabundance of caution, a few occupied houses adjoining the mill site will be temporarily evacuated.   Emergency responder crews will also be onsite if necessary.   
  • It is anticipated that a charge will be set to the base of the smokestack.  The charge is anticipated to be executed at approximately 11 am.  The smokestack should fall as a whole in a southern direction into the former mill basement.  A second charge will follow at the base of the old mill elevator shaft.  In a similar fashion, the elevator shaft is anticipated to fall in a southern direction into the former mill basement.  Over the coming weeks, the City’s demolition contractor, NEO Corporation,  will then break apart the structures on the ground and safely remove them to the Greenwood County landfill. 

Monitoring Ending 12-28-12

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

December 31, 2012 (UPDATE)

  • The project continues on schedule.
  • Elevated dust levels were reported the weeks ending December 14 and 21 by our 3rd party air monitor.  The contractor was informed at the time of the readings and additional water was added to the debris piles in areas where removal was occurring.
  • Beginning Wednesday, January 2, the contractor will focus efforts to begin demolishing and removing the masonry basement walls that remain standing.   The wood portions of the basement flooring will also be removed. 
  • The smokestack and elevator shaft demolition is scheduled for Monday, January 7.  An area around the mill site will be evacuated from 10 am to 1 pm.  Traffic will be rerouted in the area.    

Monitoring Ending 12-14-12

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

Monitoring Ending 12-21-12

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

December 20, 2012 (UPDATE)

  • The project continues on schedule.
  • Upon further review, the contractor has decided to use explosives to bring down the standing elevator shaft.  This task will be completed at the same time as the smokestack demolition. 
  • The contractor is focusing on debris removal around the elevator shaft and smokestack.
  • Removed debris has exceeded initial projections.  There was more debris below the surface in the basement areas of the mill than anticipated.
  • The contractor is not working on the following upcoming dates:  Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1. 

Monitoring Ending 12-7-12

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

December 11, 2012 (UPDATE)

  • The project continues on schedule.
  • Most of the debris has been removed from the former textile mill basement.
  • The contractor is mounding debris up next to the old elevator shaft to create a landing for demolition.  The elevator shaft is scheduled to be demolished as early as Thursday, December 13.
  • The contractor is working to clean up coal from the property left adjacent to the smokestack along Norwood Avenue.
  • Environmental Asbestos Abatement Clearance for the former warehouse building has been completed - READ WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE LETTER
  • Environmental Asbestos Abatement Clearance for the former office building has been completed - READ OFFICE CLEARANCE LETTER

Monitoring Ending 11-30-12

Dust Cover Letter

Asbestos Air Cover Letter

November 30, 2012 (UPDATE)

  • The project mobilized November 12. Overall, we have had good weather to keep the project on schedule. 
  • Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) has been removed from the Office Building and Warehouse and properly disposed of in the regulated County landfill. 
  • As of today Friday, November 30, we anticipate in access of 8,000 cubic yards of material has been removed from the site and transported to the regulated Greenwood County landfill on Siloam Church Road.  We are contracted to remove an estimated 14,000+ cubic yards.  Next week, the contractor will be focusing on the debris piles along Norwood Avenue (adjacent to the standing elevator shaft).    The contractor is already staging piles of debris in this area today with a bulldozer.

Monitoring Ending 11-18-12

Dust Cover Letter

 Asbestos Air Cover Letter


 

Debris removal mobilization (startup) is anticipated to begin the week of November 12-16, 2012.  This assumes that all proper permitting is approved.  Once the Notice to Proceed is issued by the City, NEO Corporation will have 90 days to complete the contracted work (February 2013).  There are MANY factors that could cause scheduling delays and extensions, including weather and finding unanticipated conditions. 

Working Hours

Once the contractor begins, anticipated standard working hours will be Monday - Friday, 7 am - 6 pm.  Some Saturday work is possible depending on the weather forecast. 

Noise

Surrounding residents should anticipate typical construction site mechanical noise during working hours to include the backing horn of large equipment.

Debris Removal Trucking Route

The anticipated truck route for debris to the landfill is Kitson Avenue to Mill Avenue to Hampton Street to Seaboard Avenue and to East Cambridge Avenue.  The contractor will be using 10 and 14 wheel dump trucks in a lined truck bed.

Air Monitoring

 As a proactive measure by the City of Greenwood, ECS Carolinas, LLP (ECS) has been contracted to conduct dust monitoring of the ambient (outdoor) air during demolition activities. Demolition activities are planned in phases with demolition activities taking place mainly during weekdays (Monday through Friday) and potentially during some weekends.

Neo Corporation (NEO) has been contracted by the City of Greenwood to conduct demolition activities at the site. NEO has been in business for more than 25 years and has conducted numerous demolitions on similar size projects. NEO is well aware of safety requirements during demolition (including dust control) and its potential impact on the public. NEO will take necessary precautions to reduce/minimize dust emissions throughout the demolition project.

Ambient (outdoor) air samples will be collected by ECS on a daily basis during demolition activities to test for the presence of particulates (dust) in the ambient air. ECS will compare the ambient air levels with published EPA and State of South Carolina standards for Particulate Matter (PM-10). ECS will compare results of air samples to applicable standards and report their daily findings to the City of Greenwood and NEO Corporation. In the unlikelihood of elevated Particulate Matter (dust) levels, ECS will immediately notify the City of Greenwood and NEO Corporation to take appropriate actions for Particulate (dust) control.