Ford to revamp Detroit ebook warehouse into innovation hub

Ford Motor Co unveiled on Tuesday that it wants to convert the previously unoccupied bookstore into a car dealership in the oldest Detroit area.

Corktown, formerly known for its wooden houses, restaurants and bars, is a place where the automaker has invested $ 740 million to create a place where new ideas and movements are taken care of and developed.

The transfer of Dearborn company to Corktown began in 2018 to acquire a large Michigan Central train station and other buildings west of the city.

When completed, the 30-acre site will have over 1 million large commercial sites.

“This is a wonderful place. It’s very important for us to keep our integrity,” said Mary Culler, director of Detroit’s Ford and president of the Ford Foundation.

For decades, Corktown remained in the long shadow of the 17-story train. Leaving in 1988, the House exacerbated Detroit’s problems and economic woes as the city dwindled and became more and more populous.

Between the 1950s and 2010s, Detroit lost more than 1 million people. The permanent, middle and green living areas were removed from the families. Houses were lost to everyone, they were stripped of metal and other valuables before they collapsed or turned into piles of wood and other debris.

In all of this, the train passengers stood out – too expensive to be demolished, much larger than other jobs, and in defiance of its former beauty.

The depot opened in late 1913 and was built by the same artists who designed the Grand Central Terminal in New York. Like other railway stations in the US, Detroit began to look old-fashioned when the interest in rail travel waned.

Businessman Manuel “Matty” Moroun bought the house in the mid-1990s after the former landlord failed to lend a loan, but the anchor was never found.

Two years ago, Ford intervened, bought the house and began renovating the 500,000-foot design. The work is to be completed by the end of 2022.

Ford expects to have about 2,500 people and 2,500 co-workers involved in the project, which focuses on autonomous vehicles. About 250 Ford truck operators have already worked at The Factory, a building near the railway station.

The old Detroit Book Depository was produced by the famous scholar Albert Kahn. It has been uninhabited following the 1987 fire. Detroit Gensler’s international construction office is working with Ford to renovate the building. Construction will begin early next year. The move is expected in early 2022.

“Book Depository will be the heart of the new district … a mixed space for colleagues to come to solve problems,” Culler said. “We think this project is very important for Ford and the city.”

The green lane will connect 7 acres behind the railway station to the west side of the city, while the railway station and the route will be redesigned as a technical test and showcase. It should also have access to pedestrian and bicycle routes.

Ford’s goals are in line with those of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Economic Growth Corp. has decided on Corktown, according to Katy Trudeau, deputy director of planning and development.

“There were people who were afraid of what the project would affect residents and housing prices,” Trudeau said. “People were worried that neighbors who were on loan might be relocated because of rising prices.”

In some cases, lending is very high – people are worried about the announcement of Ford’s 2018 2018, says Debra Walker, who moved to Corktown about 20 years ago.

“Everyone sees the dollar signals, so the rents are going up,” said Walker, 67, in retirement. “You can still make your own money, this is America. But what can we do to make different regions different?”

The city is looking for a competitive advantage that can help pay for 800 affordable housing in Corktown.

“With all the economic development taking place in Corktown, it’s important that there are affordable housing built around them,” said Donald Rencher, director of Detroit Housing & Revitalization. “Given the economic size and the events we are witnessing, we are at a critical juncture to ensure that Corktown remains a place where Detroiters of all races are welcomed.”

Some Ford employees at The Factory already live in the area, Culler said.

“It’s more than just a train station. We want to be good neighbors there,” he said.

Ford paid $ 90 million, or $ 150 per square foot, at a railway station in May 2018, according to Detroit location records.

The company received about $ 239 million in state, state and federations paying $ 740 million in Corktown west of the city, a railway station and 1.2 million inches expected to bring 5,000 independent electricians and electricians to the area.

Ford is part of the city’s plan to register $ 30 million for Choice Neighborhoods through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop a new integrated development in the Corktown area. The machine developer hopes to relocate as part of an effort to bring 750 units of mixed housing into the area.

– Detroit Business Crain journalist Kirk Pinho contributed to the report.

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