In 1914, Detroit, Michigan gained a fantastic new building called Michigan Central Station. Like other grand stations in other cities, the building was ornately beautiful and served a key purpose of helping travelers get to and from Detroit. However, as train use declined, so did the building. It was officially closed to the public in 1988 and has been deteriorating ever since.
The only thing that saved the building from demolition a few years ago was the fact that it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Now, a new resurgence of life has come into the picture in the form of Ford Motor Company.
In a recently-announced purchase, Ford bought the building for an undisclosed amount from the Moroun Company. Ford has plans to transform the building and the adjoining book depository into the headquarters for its electric car and self-driving divisions. This move will be a great way to revitalize the historic Corktown community, where Ford officials had previously announced they want the center for their future automotive plans to be.
Ford spokesman Said Deep, who attended the announcement ceremony, told The Detroit News, “This is an exciting time for the city and an exciting time for Ford. We look forward to sharing our plans for Michigan Central Station and for Corktown.”
As we eagerly wait to see what will become of Michigan Central Station and how Ford Motor Company will evolve, come into Elder Ford of Romeo to see the current lineup.