Have you ever dreamt of living on the top floors of the old train station in Detroit? That could be a real thing.
In an interview with Roger Gaudette, director of Detroit operations for Ford Land (that’s Ford’s real estate arm) on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast, he outlined the beginnings of restoration plans and some of the nuts and bolts steps of restoring Michigan Central Depot.
Those including spending the first year putting on new roofs and repairing the exterior skin of the building.
There are a couple interesting points he shared with Sven Gustafson.
- It’s going to take a year just to get the building water tight.
- Their timeline is 2022.
- There’s a chance the old Detroit Public Schools Book Depository site may become a parking deck.
- The intent would be residential on the top two floors of the train station, then offices in the tower below. The lower level would be brought back to look like the original, include restaurants and retail, and be open to the community.
If you’d like to see additional photos from the top floor of Michigan Central from yesterday, scroll on.
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Looking up at the corner of the station’s top stories.
Looking toward Canada and the Ambassador Bridge.
Looking down on the old platform.