Michigan piano factory comes down

Michigan piano factory comes down

The 127-year-old factory will be replaced with a mixed-use development for tourists and locals.

September 19, 2017
CDR Staff
An old piano factory is being demolished in Muskegon, Michigan, despite attempts to keep it standing from preservationists, a report by mlive.com says. The 127-year-old Chase Hackley piano factory is being torn down by Melching Inc., Nunica, Michigan.

According to the report, the west outer wall has been completely torn off and the demolition should be complete by Oct. 31. The western smoke stack located on the property will be torn down Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. By Dec. 31, the entire site will be cleared completely of small structures and foundations.

Pure Muskegon LLC, a group of local business and community leaders working to revitalize the city, owns the 120-acre site. The report says the group has been working to clear the area for more than three years.

A group of locals, known as Save the Chase Hackley Piano Factory, who wanted to keep the structure standing, held a protest in front of the site Aug. 19. In July, the group asked the Muskegon City Commission to put the factory in a historic district so the group could pursue a moratorium on the demolition. The request was denied, according to the report.

Larry Hines, member of Pure Muskegon, said in a previous mlive.com report that the group originally planned to save the factory but discovered it would be too costly to renovate the building. The report says renovations would cost $8 million to $10 million.

Pure Muskegon plans to transform the industrial site into Windward Pointe, a mixed-use development for locals and tourists, the report says.

Watch a video of the demolition, provided by mlive.com, below: