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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Alliant Energy announced today that they have begun demolition of the Sixth Street Generating Station located at 509 6th Street NE in Cedar Rapids.

The station, which was built more than 125 years ago, was heavily damaged in the flood of 2008.

“Sixth Street was a critical generation resource for our company for nearly 125 years. The facility provided safe and reliable power that supported the growth of Cedar Rapids. It is forever a part of our community's history and heritage,” Doug Kopp, former Sixth Street Generating Station plant manager and current president of Alliant Energy's Iowa utility, said in a written statement.

The facility began providing electric service on January 1, 1888 and steam service on October 10, 1892. Alliant Energy says it was the first alternating current electric and steam plant ever constructed west of the Mississippi River.

A temporary steam system was installed after the flood of 2008. The station continued to provide steam service until full operations ended on June 1, 2010.

The lead contractor on the project is Brandenburg Industrial Service Company. Work is expected to be done by the end of next year. Alliant Energy has not decided what will be done with property.

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