Ford opened its newly purchased Michigan Central Station for the first public visit in 30 years and, despite the threat of rain, Detroiters and the city’s neighbors turned out in droves.
With more than 25,000 people already expected to travel through the station Friday-Sunday, Ford said it would extend the open house through Monday. The station will be open to the public from 10-a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. People can register at fordmcsopenhouse.splashthat.com/.
The station opened in 1913 and modeled after New York’s Grand Central Station, closed in 1988. It became a target for vandals and thieves, a ruin towering over the western edge of Corktown, a symbol of Detroit’s demise.
Ford will turn it into the hub for an automotive tech campus and, both the company and community hope, the biggest turning point yet in the city’s revival.
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