Ford is planning to make a historic abandoned train station the centerpiece of its new campus in Corktown — the oldest part of Detroit — and has asked the community to weigh in on uses for the massive structure.
In a press release, the company said it recently invited 200 millennial leaders in the community to discuss the station’s future inside the facility.
“Ford Land Chairman and CEO Dave Dubensky, Ford Fund Multicultural Manager Shawn Wilson and other company representatives listened as participants reimagined the train depot, exchanged countless new ideas and presented innovative visions of what they would like to see as Ford renovations unfold, and Corktown is reborn with new jobs, businesses and community engagement activities,” the release read.
The station opened in 1913 — it was the tallest station in the world at the time — and remained in operation until 1988. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Renovations began in 2011. Ford bought the facility earlier this year for an undisclosed price.
The automaker reportedly plans to spend $740 million to revamp not only the former train station, but the area around it. So far, it has acquired at least six addresses in the vicinity, including the station.
About 2,500 people were expected to work in the building once construction is completed in 2022.