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Iconic smokestack at MSU could be torn down

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The MSC smokestack towers over Spartan Stadium

By Scott Pohl, WKAR News

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EAST LANSING, MI –

One of Michigan State University's iconic landmarks could be facing the wrecking ball.

WKAR's Scott Pohl reports.

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The 230-foot smokestack at the old Shaw Lane Power Plant is rapidly deteriorating. It's white brick MSC logo and proximity to Spartan Stadium made it stand out for generations of students.

MSU engineer Bob Nestle says its location makes it a great spot for future projects.

"It's prime real estate," Nestle says. "It's close to the academic core or the university, and clearly, a major academic building could go here, and it would be readily accessible to the students, and another landmark. It would just be a new landmark rather than an old one."

Dismantling the smokestack would cost $800,000. Preserving it would cost $1.4-million. That would require outside funding.

MSU is taking public input on what to do with the old MSC smokestack through March 15th.

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