Stratford coal tower to be demolished Wednesday

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STRATFORD – It’s been an unsightly feature on the landscape for years and it’s about to be only a memory.

A reminder of the days when many buildings were heated with coal, the start of the demolition of the Mercer Coal towers is scheduled for Wednesday.

The work is expected to start at 10 a.m.

The towers, located between a rail line and a cemetery, were previously owned by C.J. Mercer and Sons, Inc., was a bulk-storage coal and petroleum distribution facility from 1929 to 1979 according to the town. Underground storage tanks on the site were removed four years ago, shortly after the town foreclosed on the property.

The town received grants for $700,000 for demolition and clean up from the state and federal government.