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Train Station Development Makes the Detroit News Suspicious

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This morning, the Detroit News takes us back to the is-it-or-isn't-it happening territory of development at Michigan Central, the famously decaying Detroit train station. Signs of life? The owner, Manuel "Matty" Moroun, has spent has spent millions of dollars this year cleaning it up.

Reasons The Detroit News is suspicious? The Morouns operate the Ambassador Bridge and want to quash the plans for a second bridge built with public funds so that they can build another. Given the timing of the clean up on a building that the Morouns have owned since 1996, they think this is a public relations ploy to make us like them again.

Reasons it might be legitimate? Scott Griffin, a New York developer described as "a pretty ambitious guy" is tied up in the plans. He says, "The idea that (the owner) would spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars as a public relations ploy is ludicrous; The Morouns keep their promises."

· Moroun spending money on Central Depot [The Detroit News]
· BridgeWars [Curbed Detroit]

Michigan Central Station

2198 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216