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Ford in talks to buy Detroit’s Michigan Central Station

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It’s finally happening

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Last year, we heard that Ford was moving over 200 employees into Corktown. That was just the beginning.

Rumors started flying earlier today and now Crain’s has reported that Ford Motor Company is indeed in talks to buy the long-vacant Michigan Central Station.

In an email statement, a spokesperson from Ford says,

At this time, Ford is focused on locating our autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle business and strategy teams, including Team Edison, to the Factory in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. While we anticipate our presence over time will grow as our AV/EV teams begin moving downtown in May, we have nothing further to announce at this time.

According to Crain’s,

The exact status of negotiations is unknown. But two sources familiar with the matter said a deal for the Dearborn-based automaker to redevelop the 500,000-square-foot former train station off of Michigan Avenue owned for decades by the Moroun family could come as soon as next month.

Crain’s also reports that the owners of Michigan Central Station—Crown Enterprises and the Morouns—are talking to various entities interested in buying and redeveloping the massive building.

It was a big deal when the Morouns opened the building for an event last summer and hinted that they were open to ideas. The Moroun family has owned the building since 1995. It’s served as a looming sign of Detroit’s great past—and its decline—for decades.

It would take a lot of money and vision to reopen the old train station. This idea would bring transportation back to it; Matty Moroun has suggested that trains could come through again in the future.

To see what it was like in its prime, check out these historic photos.

Michigan Central Station

2198 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216