SynAgri tear down begins

A backhoe with a set of demolition pinchers chips away at the SynAgri plant on Frontenac Street on Sept. 30, 2015. The plant is being torn down after operations moved to Chesterville, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The north channel bridge isn’t the only thing that’s coming down along Cornwall’s waterfront.

Work has begun at a feverish pace this week to tear down the SynAgri fertilizer plant at the foot of Frontenac Street, next to the canal, in Riverdale.

Given the site was a former fertilizer plant, some workers could be seen wearing full protective gear.

The Cornwall demolition is roughly a $100,000 job and includes the demolition and complete removal of two buildings on the site, according to the city.

A demolition crew loads some rubble into a truck on Sept. 29, 2015 as demolition of the SynAgri plant on Frontenac Street in Cornwall, Ont. got underway this week. The operations have moved to Chesterville, Ont. in a newly expanded facility there. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
A demolition crew loads some rubble into a truck on Sept. 29, 2015 as demolition of the SynAgri plant on Frontenac Street in Cornwall, Ont. got underway this week. The operations have moved to Chesterville, Ont. in a newly expanded facility there. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

The Cornwall plant was closed in 2013 due to a problem with leasing the location, SynAgri GM Sylvain Lavoie told Cornwall Newswatch in October 2014. The land is owned by the seaway.

What the land will be used for in the future is not known.

The closure affected two positions in Cornwall and those employees chose to transfer to the new plant in Chesterville, which opened in July.

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