News Wire: New life for Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Monday, June 11, 2018 10:55 AM

DETROIT – The rumors are confirmed, Ford Motor Co. has purchased the neglected Michigan Central Station in Detroit for an undisclosed price, The Detroit News reports Monday. The company will share additional details for its plans in the Corktow...

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:17 AM

New life for Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

DETROIT – The news this week that the Ford Motor Co. has purchased Detroit’s crumbling but historic Michigan Central Station indicates a happy ending for one of America’s most notoriously neglected big-city train stations. Ford pur...

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Posted by Steve B500 on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:34 PM

For the first time since 1956, when New York Central put it up for sale, this building looks like it has a long-term, stable future. Granted, much of the inside has been trashed. But between what survives and old photographs, a lot of it should be able to be re-created. Modern technology has made that much easier. As a lifelong Michigan resident I cannot overstate how wonderful it will be to have this depressing hulk brought back to life.

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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:12 PM

Good luck with this white elepahant

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Posted by 54light15 on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 12:09 PM

Great news! If only they would extend the new streetcar down Michigan avenue to it- the tracks are there but paved over. 

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Posted by Backshop on Thursday, June 14, 2018 6:53 PM

CandOforprogress2

Good luck with this white elepahant

 

Not with Ford Motor money to restore it.  I'm just glad that the unnamed evil billionaire doesn't own it anymore.  He's the perfect example of "only the good die young".  He may live to 110.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:35 PM

Ford will spend whatever it takes to restore the building back to how it used to look inside, especially if they intend to make a HQ building.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, June 15, 2018 12:17 AM

just very very good news.  

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Friday, June 15, 2018 9:56 AM

daveklepper

just very very good news.  

 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, June 17, 2018 10:17 PM
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Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Friday, June 22, 2018 11:58 AM

everything but a train station?

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Posted by Gramp on Friday, June 22, 2018 5:04 PM

I think it's about creating what mobility will be.  Not what it is.  What will it look like?  Example, say for a rail commuter.  Today you go into hock for a $30k car to leave in your garage all night, drive to the station 5 times a week, leave it there all day, and drive it back home after work.  Instead, tomorrow you don't go into hock, you pay an applepay fee.  You have a driverless car pick you up, drop you off at the station, no parking lot, and so on.  What will mobility look like? 

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Posted by CMStPnP on Monday, June 25, 2018 1:44 AM

The odd location of the station was dictated by the incline to and location of the Detroit River Tunnels still used by CP.    The waiting room is a total ruin and will cost probably the bulk of the funds to restore.    The Office tower is in fairly good shape, the elevator shafts are still in place though the elevators including the ornate doors were long ago stolen by the overnight scrapers.     There wasn't much to steal in the office tower and I believe a few floors were never finished even since 1913 or whenever........the railroad never fully used or leased out the structure as offices.

Originally, Amtraks plans were that the Depot near Grand Blvd and Woodward was only to be a temporary structure.   

Amtrak wanted a Downtown Detroit station at some point, they did not like the location of MC Depot but were thinking of something more riverfront and closer to downtown as the former GT Depot was.    Maybe the Ford Family convinced Amtrak, the MC Depot might be a better deal........who knows.     They can always use the depot tracks for special passenger moves and /or to store private cars as well.

However Amtrak wants a more substantial structure than what they currently have so I am pretty sure Amtrak either wants to move in closer to downtown or rebuild it's current New Center station to be much larger.

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