It looks like there may be progress ahead on one of Detroit’s most iconic eyesores. Michigan Central Station, closed since 1988, has become a windowless hulk overlooking a burgeoning Corktown neighborhood.
Whereas in the past windows would randomly appear, this news comes from a release from St. Clair-based Chamberlain Glass & Metal Inc. that tells of the plans. However, as often the case with Maroun projects, there is no cost shared or timetable given.
The contractor and building owner have been working “to determine a system that is not only sensitive to the historic value of this building, but also meets the high standards of a modern office tower.”
Preparatory work, according to the source, has already begun and will get under full steam once the high-speed elevator, capable of carrying 9,000 pounds that currently under construction is complete.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and opened in 1913.
Restoration to viability for the structure continues to be a long process. In 2012 electrical service returned and since then there have been reports of progress in fits and starts. Previous reports say that a roof replacement is coming in the future, as well.