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Nearly 50-year-old landmark near Conway to be demolished

The stacks of the Grainger Steam Plant have served as a landmark to Horry County residents and millions of visitors traveling to the Grand Strand. | Source: My Horry News The stacks of the Grainger Steam Plant have served as a landmark to Horry County residents and millions of visitors traveling to the Grand Strand. | Source: My Horry News

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Demolition of the Grainger Generating Station near Conway has been scheduled to begin in May.Santee Cooper has awarded the contract for the demolition of the steam plant to National Salvage and Service Corp., according to a news release issued by the power company.

The first stage of demolition will begin May 4. Demolition work is scheduled to begin the second week of May, with interior equipment being removed first.

Beginning in June, the coal conveying equipment will be dismantled. Once that is completed, the building structures will be removed, according to Santee Cooper.

The most visible portions of the Grainger Station, the stacks, have been a landmark for Horry County residents and the millions who visit the Grand Strand annually.

The stacks are projected to be dismantled in early 2016, according to the news release.

Crews are scheduled to work six days a week, up to 12 hours a day (during daylight hours), and noise from the site is expected to be minimal.

Once the demolition is completed, the ground will be layered with soil, graded and covered with grass. The process is expected to be complete in the summer of 2016.

Grainger Generating Station was retired Dec. 31, 2012. Ash recycling at Grainger's two ash ponds is currently underway and will continue through the dismantling process.

Lake Busbee sets adjacent from the former steam plant and was built as a cooling pond in 1966.

Santee Cooper owns the man-made lake.

In 2013, the City of Conway noted “the Grainger Plant presents an opportunity for redevelopment, and Lake Busbee could be even better used as a recreational amenity,” in its downtown market analysis.

Santee Cooper in early stages of finding long-term plan for Lake Busbee

No word has been received from Santee Cooper or the city on plans for the lake.

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