Ford to revamp Detroit guide warehouse into innovation hub

DETROIT (AP) – Ford Motor Co unveiled on November 17 plans to transform a library that would soon become a car park 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, Detroit’s director of 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 destroyed, much larger than other jobs and in defiance of its beautiful 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 United States, 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 together to solve problems,” Culler said. “We think this work is very important for Ford and the city.”

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

The visual cortex connects the trains and the surrounding areas.

New York-based Practice for Architecture and Urbanism is a leading 30-acre developer and developer.

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 people and housing prices,” Trudeau said. “People were worried that the rented neighbors might be relocated due to 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 money, this is America. But how can we make the world a different place? ”

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, chief of Detroit Housing and Revitalization. “Given the amount of funding we are seeing, we are at a critical juncture to ensure that Corktown remains a place welcomed by Detroiters of all nationalities.”

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

“This is no train station. We want to be good neighbors there, ”he said.

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