Detroit Packard Plant Buyer Says He’s No Dreamer

Untitled-1“Fernando Palazuelo, a developer who lives in Lima, Peru, and founder of Arte Express, talks with Bloomberg’s Chris Christoff about his purchase of Detroit’s abandoned Packard plant. Palazuelo paid $405,000 in a tax foreclosure sale to obatin the industrial wreck. He plans to transform it into a center for automotive suppliers, offices and shops”

Packard-Plant Buyer Predicts Rebirth for Symbol of Detroit Decay



“As urban ruins go, not much tops Detroit’s Packard plant, a sprawling corpse of steel and brick that hasn’t produced a car since 1956 and that became a haven for scrap thieves, arsonists and the homeless.

“Where others see 40 acres (16 hectares) of devastation, Fernando Palazuelo of Lima, Peru, sees charisma, architectural challenge — and a bargain. He paid $405,000 in a tax-foreclosure sale to obtain the industrial wreck by year-end. He plans to make it a vibrant hub of automotive suppliers, offices, shops, lofts and maybe even a go-kart track in the city that filed the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy.”

“’It’s the best opportunity in the whole world,” Palazuelo, a 58-year-old developer, said in an interview in Detroit. He said he’ll use his experience restoring dozens of buildings in Lima and his home country, Spain, to begin a $350 million makeover in Detroit. He plans to live at the site.'”

Detroit’s iconic Packard plant could soon be back in business

Photo Andrew Burton
Photo Andrew Burton

“As Detroit hopes to bounce back after filing for bankruptcy, two iconic factories that helped the Motor City become America’s 20th century industrial hub could gain a new life in the near future.”