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Re: Michigan Central Station

Postby gokeefe » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:54 pm

They may be able to influence the state tax credits but the federal standards are generally what govern these projects and likely worth a nearly equal amount. I don't get the sense at all that Ford is looking to do this project on the cheap.

I completely agree that the upper floors are a blank slate. That is not a problem at all, in fact it's probably an advantage. The exterior will remain intact from to bottom and I think we would both agree that the interior will be impressive to say the least.
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Re: Michigan Central Station

Postby Ridgefielder » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:28 am

gokeefe wrote:The pricing appears to include a federal historic preservation tax credit which is 20% of expenses on a certified rehabilitation. If Michigan has a state historic preservation tax credit they will get that as well. In Maine the state tax credit is 25%.

This is a major part of the reason why Ford is pursuing historic items. The certified rehabilitation standards basically require restoration of any trims and finishes deemed to be significant. In a building like Michigan Central Station it's basically floor to ceiling in all of the public spaces.

If it is true that they are in fact pursuing a historic preservation tax credit (which it appears at first glance they are) this is going to be one of the most astounding rebirths of an American train station ever undertaken. Basically the entire station will be rebuilt to near perfect condition.

Furthermore Ford wants it done basically "tomorrow" ...

The Wall Street Journal ran a major (start on page A1, continue inside on a full page) profile of Ford CEO Jim Hackett this morning. They didn't mention MCS in the text however they posed him inside the station for the profile pic. Something like that doesn't happen by accident. This is going to be a major part of Ford's corporate image going forward.
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Re: Michigan Central Station

Postby CVRA7 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:54 am

I am very pleased to see the resurrection of the Michigan Central station and hope that it can be part of the transportation picture for Detroit in the future. The Ford family has been interested in history for many decades and Henry Ford himself was the main force behind the creation of The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, two excellent facilities in suburban Dearborn. A few years ago a new Dearborn Amtrak station was build adjacent to the Greenfield Village grounds, replacing a flagstop platform that had existed near that same location. For those interested in railroad history, both venues have some excellent displays.
I think Henry would be happy with the recent events concerning the Michigan Central Station.
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Re: Michigan Central Station

Postby Tadman » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:07 am

One thing worth noting, the new Dearborn station is 20 minutes west of downtown by car - not exactly conducive to a Corktown rail shuttle as some posters have envisioned.
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Re: Michigan Central Station

Postby Arlington » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:03 pm

Detroit News Jan 10th:
Ford to host winter festival at Michigan Central Depot
Ford will host a 10-day winter festival in front of the Michigan Central Depot from Jan. 18 through Jan. 27, the automaker announced Thursday.
...The outdoor event along Michigan Avenue will feature a 3D light show on the building, a night-time market, activities for all ages and a first-of-its-kind exhibition of train station artifacts....
The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Jan. 20. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday (except Jan. 20).

Detroit News Jan 11th:
Ford gives preview of recovered Michigan Central Depot artifacts
Items recovered include:
- Exterior Clock's metalwork
- Light fixture (bulb holders)
- Elevator Call buttons
(see article for photos)
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