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PHOTOS: Before and After Salem Power Station

Here's a closer look at what the Salem Harbor Power Station is expected to look like after the original structure is demolished.

The computer-rendered photos above were included in the Visual Impact Study segment of a Footprint Salem Harbor Station Powerpoint slide presentation that was presented to a small crowd of area residents Tuesday night at Bentley Elementary School.

The photos offer a before and after look at what the redesigned power station is expected to look like - the biggest change being the fact that new plant would have only one smokestack in place of the current facility's three. And that stack would be less than half the height (230 feet) of the tallest existing one (492 feet).

Vantage points highlighted in the study include Bentley Elementary School, Winter Island, Marblehead and Cat Cove.

Click Here to view the entire Powerpoint presentation, which has been posted on the city of Salem website.

What do you think of the computer-generated "after" photographs? Are you pleased to see that the nearly 500-foot smokestack will be torn down? Will you miss seeing them as part of the Salem skyline? 

Let us know in the comments section below.

Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 01:21 AM
John, are you joking? The land in Beverly that the Salem plant contaminated was 30 feet deep and ended up having to be capped with 4 feet deep of clay! I believe the power plant was dumping on that land in Salem before they started carting it to Beverly and other sites. Arsenic and cyanide are only 2 of hundreds of chemicals that Fly-ash breaks down into. I read every test result out of the Beverly site and worked on the environmental issues for over ten years over there "so i do know what I am talking about." The power plant might have the fly-ash just as deep as the Beverly site " that took decades" to resolve the issues and capping etc. So this is not just getting out a broom and planting the daisies!
john March 01, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Caroyln, let me try another approach. First we are not talking about Beverly.Secondly I understand your concern but if you look back at what could happen to that area ,I don't know how you can not support this plant.Dominion had the opportunity to close the plant ,lock the gate and leave town.No clean up at all. Would you support that? I have already addressed thae fact that we have learned from past mistakes.Remmember when Peabody was the leather capital? They moved on and so should Salem.
Bob March 01, 2013 at 01:37 AM
My family has lived a stones throw from the Power plant since 1920 and never had any of the problems everyone is talking about. Only once did we get ash maybe 20 yrs ago. We have 5 generations here and no health related problems. This whole project is going to beautify the whole aera.
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 01:44 AM
You might not have problem now "the site is covered in grass. God help when they go digging it up?? I should hope that residents will have easy access to tests of the soil on that site and not have to go through the freedom of information act to get them. My point of mentioning Beverly to the John on here , was that "They may have" dumped on the Salem land before "having to" cart the ash to other sites and that the Beverly sites were 30 feet deep. How deep is it, at the Salem power plant? I think that land is another nightmare like Beverly was.
john March 01, 2013 at 01:51 AM
I get your point but you offer no alternative. The site is actually covered by the plant and the unused tank farm that will both be removed. Today much of the Beverly land has been developed,so tell me what your option for the Salem land is?
Bob March 01, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Did Carolyn watch the whole presentation? I wonder. I think it's amazing and a great oppertunity for us in Salem. Beverly misses out on this. They can't even figure out what to do with the old McDonalds at the bridge for how many yrs now?
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I am not against change John, i am just saying that , that land is a potential nightmare. It's a wait and see game. I have a family member living near the plant so I do worry a bit about its future. With gas? There is a bigger risk to the people living near there if there is accidents like we been seeing with "Gas" over the years. People also forget that at one point in the past, our power plant was on a potential terrorist list. With gas there, it just makes it easier to target than coal I would think. So yes, I have a few concerns. PS there is "nothing" built on the capped site in Beverly , the development is further down the road.
john March 01, 2013 at 02:07 AM
I didn't watch the presentation but I have followed this topic closely and it really comes down to simple common sense.
Bob March 01, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Watch the presentation. You will be dumfounded. It is really great looking and will really enhance this whole area.
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:21 AM
OH' and if its going to look like the picture above? its gad awful ugly. The old power plant is a lot better looking.
roger boulay March 01, 2013 at 02:26 AM
hey bob, you're a funny guy...i don't know what i did to get you take so many pokes at me but at least i have the balls to put my last name to my posts...the reason you don't have any health issues related to the power plant is because the wind blows the crap over to the pickman park area and towards marblehead..ask those people about it...also you spelled fertilizer wrong....if you would like to take more pokes at me let me know maybe we can get together sometime and have a few laughs.......
john March 01, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Carolyn,I agree that the land is a potential nightmare. However the nightmare is much worse if we don't move forward. The EPA will monitor the development and again I remind you that Dominion could walk away and that property would become a super fund site and sit for decades. My knowledge of Henderson is that FEMA is on the right side of the road and Sam Fonzo Dr is on the left which connects to Cherry Hill Dr.I don't doubt your claims about contamination in that area but the area seems to be moving forward as we should in Salem.
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Yeahhhh It's about time someone said it to Bob. I call him the "One name wonder!"
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:42 AM
They could at least humor people and put a creative looking building, like in the shape of the "Salem witch" or something. The picture above is ugly , plain, without character. Thousands of tourist will see this site on the way to winter island or the Willows. I just think if they are going to move forward into the future they could at least add something fitting with the historical aspects of Salem. That pictured building , is ugly.
Bob March 01, 2013 at 02:44 AM
I may be wrong but I think I know you and was just trashing to get you going thinking you would figure out who I was.. As for Carolyn, I told her once, she is a great trash talker for Fantasy Football.
roger boulay March 01, 2013 at 02:44 AM
it's easy to be a tough guy when you hide behind anonymity...his name probably isn't even bob...don't worry about the contaminated land.....they'll just cover it with plastic sheeting and 2 feet of dirt plant a few trees and call it a day....i had a friend that lived in the condo complex where parker brothers used to be ..i don't know if it's true but he told me that there was a clause in the lease absolving the new owners of any liability concerning contaminated land and sickness.......again, i don't know if it's true but that's what i was told
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:50 AM
OH' Bob, I know you love me! But your just not my type! I tell it like it is and you trash talk everyone.
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I heard the same thing from my father years back. "He also worked there when it was "I believe" Parker brothers.
Bob March 01, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Fantasy Football is over till next year. I guess I miss it. This keeps me in practice I guess.
roger boulay March 01, 2013 at 03:22 AM
hey bob, make it easy on me...what's your last name....
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Roger, nice try but I don't think he will give it and if he does? It's probably a fake name.
roger boulay March 01, 2013 at 03:34 AM
carolyn, i just friend requested you on fb...i don't know if you are aware but there is a site called"you know you're from salem if you remember" you have to be invited in that's why i friended you...everybody on there is from salem..probably some people you know..if you want to join friend me and i will invite you..if not that's fine..it's been fun playing on patch..
roger boulay March 01, 2013 at 03:37 AM
i would invite bob but i need his last name...lol
Carolyn Costain March 01, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Invite me.
Bryan Karsis March 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM
... Getting back to the smokestacks ... I'll miss them purely for the landmark value. Whether seeing them from the air, or from 128 North just after the 95 split, or driving back from Beverly after work every night, or heading in on the ferry from Boston, the stacks were always a welcome sight, pointing the way home.
Doug Bowker March 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM
A gas fired plant will not be spewing.g anything toxic at all. Its steam and CO2, which is essentially "clean" though it does contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming. But we all need electricity in case a few here are confused about that. Gas power is a great inbetween step and great for the city's future.
Bob March 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Right on brother!!
Carolyn Costain March 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I don't like only being able to read about what "use" to be there, like the witch museum "use' to have towers on both sides of the front of it, that were twice as tall and beautiful! If you look up "Salem" on Wikipedia "the power plant picture is there." If I read about something and go to a city to visit? I want to SEE what I read about!
Ed Carroll March 05, 2013 at 02:53 PM
at least with the old stacks the pollutants went over your head,now with the new lower stacks the pollutants blow in your face..pollutants from coal or gas are still pollutants..we don't need pollutants from either source, sooo take down the coal plant and keep the gas plant out
Ed Carroll March 05, 2013 at 03:04 PM
hey Salem patch...how about doing some articles about Salem high school's choral group "witch pitch" after winning a competition in Connecticut its on to New york

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