• Detroit Michigan Central Station revived by Ford

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Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by Otto Vondrak
Abandoned in 1988, the former Michigan Central Station in Detroit appears to have a savior in Ford Motor Co.

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DETROIT — For the past year, Ford Motor has been working on a plan to reinvigorate its operations and jump-start profit growth. Now, as that strategy is just being put into place, the automaker is taking on another big renovation project: the city of Detroit and the hulking remains of its dilapidated train station. Ford has purchased the Michigan Central Station, the abandoned and graffiti-covered 18-story office tower and train station that looms over the Corktown neighborhood. With its smashed and darkened windows, the station had long stood as the most recognizable symbol of Detroit’s decades of decline. Ford sees the move as part of the race for supremacy in the next automotive era.
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Ford is taking on a big job buying and restoring the Michigan Central Station — perhaps the biggest historic preservation task in Detroit's recent past. Exactly how big, as measured in cost and length of time, remains to be seen. Ford is still lining up its team of experts to work on the project. It is expected to reveal more details at its big event Tuesday at the station. But certainly the cost will run high. It's likely that $100 million would be little more than an ante to get into the game.The cost could run to multiples of that.
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The 105-year-old Michigan Central Station for years was the co-star of Detroit's notorious era of "ruin porn" — it shared top billing with the sprawling decay of the Packard plant. But the dilapidated train depot is finally ready for a new solo close-up in a career revival. News that Ford Motor Co. has bought the long-vacant train station for use as office space means a thorough renovation and a second life for a building that came to symbolize, like the Packard plant and thousands of crumbling buildings and homes, a gutted Detroit. Ford's real estate maneuver, bringing it back to the city where Henry Ford started his eponymous auto company, may also mean that the office tower could be regularly and fully occupied for the first time since the edifice opened in 1913. In its heyday, rail companies used a few floors, but the upper stories were rarely used.