Smokestack Update (May 12, 2022)

Town of Plymouth, Plymouth Community Preservation Committee and Cordage Commerce Center Collaborate on Plans to Memorialize Cordage Smokestack
 
Cordage Smokestack Updated Timeline for Removal
Plymouth, MA (May 11, 2022) – Cordage Commerce Center would like to announce an update for the Cordage Smokestack Removal.  Costello Dismantling will be on site Thursday, May 12th to begin preparatory work.  Weather permitting, demolition will begin on May 16th, 2022, and continue through the following couple of days. We have begun our partnership with the Plymouth Community Preservation Committee and the Town of Plymouth and have established a location to store the brick if it is reusable. Exact plans to honor the smokestack and the dynamic and deep roots at Cordage, are being evaluated together and will be announced at a later date.
 
Original Press Release –
Cordage Smokestack Found Unsafe Following Structural Inspection Resulting in Unexpected Removal
Plymouth, MA (April 21, 2022) - Today, the Town of Plymouth, the Plymouth Community Preservation Committee, and Cordage Commerce Center announce that they are collaborating on plans to memorialize the Cordage Smokestack located at Cordage Commerce Center in North Plymouth. It was discovered during an initial survey, and subsequent evaluation by a structural engineer, that there were significant deficiencies in place throughout the entire length of the smokestack. As a result, the Plymouth Building and Fire Departments have deemed the smokestack to be a public hazard and the property is required to take prompt action to comply with Town Ordinances. Additionally, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has approved the emergency removal orders, and work can proceed to ensure the safety of people coming to enjoy the waterfront, marina, and Seaside Rail Trail.
“The findings and extent of the deterioration was completely unexpected,” said Cordage Commerce Center Property Manager Kristin Ligouri. “We are dismayed to see the removal of such a familiar and beloved structure within our property. It is with much appreciation that the Town of Plymouth and the Plymouth Community Preservation Committee are collaborating with us to memorialize the smokestack and its prominent contribution to Plymouth’s maritime history.”
"The entire Cordage Commerce Center team is just as saddened as the Plymouth community that the smokestack has to come down," said Betty Cavacco, Town of Plymouth, Selectboard. "The team has been extremely cooperative and we're looking forward to collaborating on this project with the Cordage Commerce Center team, the Community Preservation Committee and the Plymouth community."

"The Town of Plymouth, although saddened that the smokestack must come down, is happy to have such collaborative partners in both the Cordage Commerce Center and the Community Preservation Committee to memorialize the smokestack," said Dicky Quintal, Chairman Select Board of Plymouth. "We're looking forward to continuing to work together as we're all united in the need to commemorate this monument for the town and its residents."
Exact plans for memorializing the smokestack are being evaluated together by the Town of Plymouth, the Plymouth Community Preservation Committee and Cordage Commerce Center and will be announced at a later date. The structure is tentatively scheduled to be removed on May 9, 2022 to ensure the safety of all tenants and visitors to the area.
 
About Cordage Commerce Center
Cordage Commerce Center is a 55-acre waterfront property that consists of 350,000 sf of renovated turn-of-the-century mill space.  It is located just 35 miles south of Boston and 44 miles east of Providence, with an MBTA-Station on-site, providing direct access to Boston.