Rbc stack3Employees of McGhee Contracting, hoisted into position by a lift, hammer away at RBC's stack Saturday morning.

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Demolition of Red Bank Catholic's smokestack got underway Saturday, a few days earlier than expected.

Tim McGhee, owner of McGhee Contracting in Oceanport, tells redbankgreen that the early arrival of lift and other equipment enabled his firm to get a jump on the work, which had been scheduled to begin today.

The stack is the last remaining piece of a boiler building and three
other small structures that were razed on the site, which is
surrounded by Monmouth Street stores, St. James School on Peters Place
and RBC/St. James Church on Broad Street.

McGhee says the wood beams and rafters from the buildings were sold to a Pennsylvania company that will recycle them into flooring. Steel and other metalwork has also been recycled, he says.

The site is to become home to a new three-story structure housing a
gym, a fitness center, locker rooms, coaches' offices and two

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