Detroit’s 500,000-sq-ft, 18-story Michigan Central Station was recently sold by its longtime owners, the Moroun Family, to Ford Motor Co. The station closed in 1988 and has since been the subject of several failed redevelopment attempts. Detroit businessman Manuel “Matty” Moroun bought the building in the ’90s. He said Ford will announce details of its redevelopment plan June 19. After the last train left 30 years ago, various plans pitched conversion of the building into a police headquarters, a retail space or a casino; at one point, the City Council even considered demolition. The Moroun family owns the Ambassador Bridge, which will remain the only link between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, until the planned Gordie Howe Bridge is completed.
Ford to Purchase Old Detroit Train Station
June 13, 2018