Detroit buildings were headed for demolition until they were saved

A once-grand building in Detroit grows old and empties out.

Renovations are sorely needed, but the business case seems weak.

Some suggest the most practical option — maybe the only option — is to demolish the building and start fresh.

This type of sequence famously played out for Michigan Central Station, the 1913 Beaux Arts train depot in the city’s Corktown neighborhood that stayed vacant and blighted for decades after Amtrak pulled out.

But the depot also serves as an object lesson in how patience can sometimes be a virtue when determining the next step — rehab or demo — for aging landmark buildings that suddenly lack occupants and a clear future path.

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