Saturday, July 21, 2018

Walls of historic flour mill on Iset River torn down in start of demolition

Demolition of a flour mill on the banks of the Iset River in Yekaterinburg began earlier this week with the scheduled collapse of several of the building's walls.

The 230-year-old mill--the oldest grain processing facility in the Urals--stopped production two years ago and was condemned for demolition. By the beginning of World War II, the mill was processing 270 tons of grain every day, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Over time, the state-run mill saw production costs rise, along with the costs of raw materials, which had to be transported in from Kazakhstan and other regions in Russia, including the Chelyabinsk, Omsk and Tyumen regions. In the last few years, the plant was acquired by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company.

Only two parts of the building will be left standing after demolition: the Simanovskaya mill and a small workshop will be designated objects of cultural heritage. The site will eventually become home to multi-functional residential complexes, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.