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 Packard plant demolition begins today
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Steve K

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Posted - 09/30/2022 :  08:48:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Decades after the last Packard automobile rolled off the assembly line, and five years after Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo announced a (failed) $350 million plan to turn the property into a mixed-use development, demolition of the iconic Packard plant will begin today in northeast Detroit.

Gene

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Posted - 09/30/2022 :  10:15:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sad that it never got a chance for re-use.

Edited by - Gene on 09/30/2022 10:15:42
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tcam

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Posted - 09/30/2022 :  11:58:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's to bad for sure.
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Skylark

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Posted - 09/30/2022 :  18:47:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This developer (and others) have never really tried very hard to redevelop this property, it was a tax write-off haven. In fact, one of the previous owners was a dope distributor and on the run from police, I read.
The city of Detroit has wanted this torn down for years, the overhead pedestrian bridge fell down on the street due to disrepair, among other safety issues. There was nothing really here to save.
It won't be easy to tear down though, the buildings run on and on all over the property, and all have massive steel structure and solid concrete walls. I've seen many videos.

This is a large piece of real estate. I'm glad the City is finally taking it over, there might be a chance to begin rebuilding Detroit from within now.

Edited by - Skylark on 09/30/2022 18:53:24
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