No other building symbolizes the past, present and future of Detroit more than Michigan Central Station. When this soaring Beaux-Arts building opened in 1913, it was the tallest train station in the world for a time and Detroit was prospering. At its busiest, the station handled 200 trains and 4,000 customers daily. As Detroit’s economy slowed, so did the traffic coming in and out of Michigan Central Station. The final train departed in 1988 and it sat abandoned until Ford became the new owner in 2018.
Soon, The Station will be an iconic, mixed-use hub for Michigan Central, Detroit, and the world. The grand waiting room, arcade and concourse will be welcoming public spaces for all to enjoy while the tower will be transformed into modern offices. Features include community and event spaces, public art, ongoing programming, activations, restaurants and retailers. It will begin to open mid-2023 with initial occupancy and activation as part of a phased approach.
Flat, closed-toe shoes are required.
, Head of Place,
Michigan Central, Ford
Melissa Dittmer, Head of Place at Michigan Central – Ford, will provide a project overview and highlights prior to the tour. Melissa leads a team that oversees all aspects in the creation of place for the Michigan Central Station and Ford’s growing innovation district – strategy, planning, architecture, design, construction, and development.
3:30 PM Registration and Networking at the Book Depository Buidling
4:10 PM Welcome, Announcements
4:15 PM Project Overview
4: 30 PM Project Tour - Michigan Central
5:30 - 6:30 PM Refreshments and Networking at the Book Depository
Michigan Central, Book Depository
2050 15th Street
Detroit, MI 48216
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