BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Seagram’s property in Dundalk, which has been empty for decades, was demolished after multiple fires at the location recently.
Massive flames from the plant ignited the night sky Monday.
In the past 10 years, there have been six significant fires and a number of smaller fire incidents there.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was above the scene, and caught some of the demolition Wednesday afternoon.
Over the years the blighted property has been the source of much criticism.
“It’s about time it goes down,” Marlene Hammacher said. “Long overdue.”
For years neighbors said the fires have been threatening nearby homes.
“Some of the embers would come over and land on our houses,” Hammacher said. “We’d have to hose our cars and stuff so it wouldn’t catch our cars on fire.”
“A lot of vandalism with the school kids getting in there getting hurt, we’ve had two deaths over here, from homeless,” Peggy Rosendale said.
“I don’t know of any other property or any other community in Baltimore county that’s had to go through this,” said Baltimore County councilman Todd Crandell.
Crandell, who lives nearby, has been leading the charge to get rid of the old plant to make way for something better at the site, like new homes.
“A nice place to live for people would be a drastic improvement,” Crandell said.
If that fails, members of the community have their own suggestion.
“I would like to see jobs there honestly,” one resident said.
WJZ has learned there are plans for a town home development called the “Foundry Station” to be built on the property, but how soon that could happen is anyone’s guess.
Councilman Crandell said since 2012 the fire department was called out nearly 30 times to address an issue at the plant.