Manchester water tower may come down sooner, rather than later

The Merrick Avenue water tower is coming down. When it happens may be determined Friday. Manchester village officials and the demolition crew are scheduled to meet Friday morning for a pre-demolition meeting and determine the next steps.

The tower is drained, empty and ready to go, said Village Trustee William Henry. "It will come down," Henry said.

The 110-foot-high steel water tank was erected in 1918. The white tank with blue-painted letters spelling "Manchester" is considered a landmark of sorts. The standpipe tower held about 210,000 gallons of water when it was operational. Required maintenance on the structure, which village officials said is outdated and unnecessary because another, newer water tower is in operation, spelled its demise.

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