The city of Detroit has been looking for proposals to redevelop Fisher Body Plant 21, a dirty old industrial building which has required more than $1 million dollars of work from the EPA. (And may still be considered contaminated?) Here's an idea that the ETHOS architecture firm posted on their facebook site. The proposal has some strange babble, like "art modular facility," a thing that apparently can employ 120-220 people. It will also have housing in the form of 160 apartments or condos with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedrooms. Lastly there is 55,000sf of commercial/retail/museum and indoor parking. It is unclear at this point whether this project has funding, or a chance at getting it.
Fisher Body Plant 21 is a six-story structure was built in 1919 and designed by Albert Kahn. In the 1920s it was used to make Buick and Cadillac auto bodies. In 1984 General Motors closed the plant. In 1990 it was purchased and used for industrial painting but that firm when bankrupt. The city of Detroit has owned the building since 2000. According to Detroit Urbex
A 2004 survey by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found "asbestos materials, lead waste, industrial equipment, storage tanks, other solid / hazardous debris and wastes, and contaminated soils and concrete" in and around the plant.
The EPA started working on cleaning up the site in 2008. · ETHOS- David Gura Architect [Facebook]
· Fisher Body Plant 21 [DetroitUrbex]