The many things that could wind up in Detroit's rehabbed Michigan Central Station


A rendering of Ford's rehabbed Michigan Central Station. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • A rendering of Ford's rehabbed Michigan Central Station.

Ford Motor Co. has big plans for its recently acquired Michigan Central Station in Detroit. If we're following this correctly, the complex is in talks to possibly include:

• Ford's autonomous vehicle laboratory, the anchor of a campus where 2,500 people will work.

• Retail open to the public.

• ...including a fruit stand, if we are to believe the rendering above.


Housing. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has suggested high-end lofts, specifically.

• Big Sean's Emagine movie theater, the "Sean Anderson Theatre Powered by Emagine."

• ...which could also feature a performance venue.

• Oh yes, and train tracks, just in case they still want to do the whole train thing.

These are grand plans, plans as grand as the hulking 105-year-old ruin itself, it would seem. Then again, they aren't that far-fetched: The 500,000-square-foot station's 15-story tower was always intended to include offices, but they were never filled with tenants.

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