Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the site plan for Michigan Central, its 30-acre “mobility innovation district” in the Corktown neighborhood, just west of downtown Detroit, as well as specific designs for some of the project’s first new buildings.
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The new Detroit development centers on four key buildings:
- The Michigan Central Station itself, completed in 1914 as a sibling to New York’s Grand Central Station and featuring an 18-story office tower. The Beaux Art structure has been vacant since 1988.
- The Book Depository, formerly owned by Detroit Public Schools. The building is adjacent to the station and it is being revitalized into a maker space by architecture firm Gensler.
- Building West, a new construction building to the west of the station.
- The Factory, a repurposed former hosiery factory, which is already…