Pure Detroit to Offer Tours of Packard Plant

Photo: Crain’s Detroit Business

“The sprawling 3.5 million-square-foot old Packard Plant has long been a clandestine playground for urban explorers enamored with the ruins and history inside the hollowed-out complex on Detroit’s near east side.”

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How the 1967 riots reshaped Detroit, and the rebuilding that still needs to be done

PBS News Hour, click on the link to view video

“In the summer of 1967, the simmering unrest in cities across America exploded. In Detroit, tensions between the police and the African-American community reached their limit, unleashing five days of full-out violence — riots or a rebellion, depending on whom you ask. Fifty years later, special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports on what sparked it all and the scars that remain today.”

Click image to watch the video, the Packard Plant is shown around the 5, 7, and 8-minute mark.

Redeveloping the Abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit

Packard Plant 1954

“No city in America was hit harder by the economic collapse of ’08 than Detroit, MI. In 2013, it became the largest municipality to ever file for bankruptcy. Waving such a large white flag captured the eye of investors at home and around the world. As local boy done good, Dan Gilbert, began snapping up buildings downtown with an interest in only corporate tenants another Michigander quietly began working with Arte Express.”

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Developer: ‘Committed to success’ of Packard Plant

Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News

“Detroit — More than three years after purchasing the Packard Plant property, with its 43 broken buildings and 45 acres of decayed landscape yet deep automotive history, developer Fernando Palazuelo on Tuesday declared “it’s time to get to work.””

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International developer reveals plans for $500M restoration of Detroit’s Packard Plant

Photo: Lester Graham, Michigan Radio

“The last Packard automobile rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on June 25, 1956. After that, it was used in various ways, but for years the sprawling automobile plant – about 3.5 million square feet –  has sat empty and deteriorating.”

Click the link to listen to Stateside’s conversation with Kari Smith, Director of Development of Arte Express.

Packard Plant Rehab Project Breaks Ground

Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

“One of the most ambitious redevelopment projects in Detroit got under way today with a groundbreaking at the old Packard Plant, which could see its first office tenants next year if plans proceed on schedule.

A crowd of nearly 200 people, including Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, came to celebrate the groundbreaking and hear from Packard Plant owner Fernando Palazuelo.”


Renovations Begin at Detroit’s Historic Packard Plant Site

Screenshot from MLive

“DETROIT — Developers broke ground on renovations at the massive, long-vacant and dilapidated Packard Plant site Tuesday.

A portion of the 3.5-million-square-foot site is being renovated for office space. Tenants would move in next year if constructions goes according to plan, said owner Fernando Palazuelo, a Spanish-born businessman who purchased the sprawling, historic former Packard Motor Car Company campus at auction in 2013.”


The Packard Plant Breaks Ground on First Phase of Massive Redevelopment

Photo: Michelle & Chris Gerard

“The largest renovation project in North America officially broke ground on Phase One of a multi-phase, long-term redevelopment on Detroit’s lower east side. The long-abandoned Packard Plant now officially starts construction on the renovation of the Administration Building and bridge across East Grand Boulevard.”