Kitchener Smokestack to Be a Beacon of Light

Toronto lights up its CN Tower, Paris illuminates the Eiffel Tower, and soon a towering symbol of Kitchener’s industrial glory days will be ablaze with light. The 55-metre (180-foot) brick smokestack next to the former hide house of the old Lang Tannery on Joseph St. will be lit up by coloured LED lights. The towering 100 year old chimney is a designated heritage landmark and was at the centre of a controversy a number of years ago when a developer offered to preserve the tower but demolished a number of old buildings associated with the tannery to make way for a parking lot. Kitchener’s heritage committee approved eight lights at the base of the smokestack that will project light up the brick tower. The lighting would be programmable, allowing colours to change as needed to celebrate important dates or particular events. Installation of the lights is expected this fall and cost the property owner 136 thousand……. Ed

Source: Catherine Thompson / Photo: Mathew McCarthy,Record staff

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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