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After cleanup of 97k containers of hazardous materials, demolition begins at Ogden’s Swift building

After a complicated cleanup by the Environmental Protection Agency, a first phase of demolition began Tuesday on the old Swift meatpacking plant — a massive industrial building that is one of the first things visitors see as they enter downtown Ogden.

When Ogden purchased it as part of a redevelopment project, It was filled with more than 97,000 containers of hazardous materials, and the lion’s share were surplus from the Department of Defense, according to Fox 13.

It reported that a shed attached to the building came down Tuesday, as part of an effort to reopen a kayak park in the area.