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Corktown’s UFO Factory damaged by construction on Elton Park

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The concert venue was able to successfully raise enough funds for the workers, thanks in part to a $15,000 donation from the developer behind Elton Park

The Checker Cab Building will be converted into 52 lofts.
Photo via Michelle & Chris Gerard

Last week, a Corktown housing complex’s construction team destroyed part of an adjacent building, and now they’re paying the price.

MLive reported that the UFO Factory, located at 2110 Trumbull Avenue, started a GoFundMe campaign after Soave Real Estate Group's construction crews seriously damaged the structure of the concert venue. In response, Soave pledged $15,000 to the fund, which eventually was able to raise $21,140. According to the campaign, the funds will go to the 15 employees at UFO and the kitchen staff of Laika Dog.

In a statement, Soave and The Monahan Company, the construction team, said, "Our intention in developing Elton Park is to help bolster the Corktown community, and we hope this donation reflects that goal. We are committed to getting the UFO Factory and Elton Park back on track for Corktown and Detroit."

The construction crews were working on Elton Park, a residential building that will be located in the soon-to-be-converted Checker Cab building. The first phase is expected to complete by the summer of 2018.

Developer offers Detroit bar workers $15K after damaging building [MLive]

Elton Park starts construction in Corktown [Curbed Detroit]

UFO Factory Employee Relief Fund [GoFundMe]