Michigan Central Station Timeline
1912 – Construction begins on Michigan Central Station, designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of NYC’s Grand Central Terminal
1913 – MCS opens in December, a year early, due to a fire at Michigan Central’s old depot
1920s – Henry Ford begins buying land around the station, but Great Depression squelches plans
1940s – At its peak, MCS serves more than 4,000 travelers a day and houses 3,000 office workers
1956 – Passenger traffic begins its steady decline, leading to service cuts; a $5-million sale of station falls through
1975 - MCS added to National Register of Historic Places; waiting room is formally reopened
1988 - Jan 5th at 11:30 AM, 74 years after the first train steamed in, Train No. 353 to Chicago becomes last train out of MCS
1995 – Matty Moroun-owned Controlled Terminals Inc. acquires MCS, unveiling restoration plan which never happens
2009 - City Council votes to demolish MCS, but an election, budget constraints, and a lawsuit arguing for its historic merit, prevail
2015 - In a compromise with the city of Detroit, the Moroun family commits to replacing windows at MCS
2018 – Ford announces plans for reconstruction of the MCS as new hub for mobility capital of the world.
2022 – Ford plans to open doors to the newly renovated MCS
Book Depository Site Road Closure
Notification: Monday, June 24 through Sunday, June 30
15th Street will be closed between Dalzelle and Marantette to complete some demolition work on the Book Depository building.
Brass Factory Site Demolition
Notification: June 11, 2019
During demolition of the former brass factory on Tuesday, June 11th a low pressure gas line was struck in at approximately 3:15 pm. As a precaution, businesses and homes in the area were evacuated and the Detroit fire department and DTE were called to the site. At 5:00 pm, the gas line valve was closed by DTE and the area was declared safe for normal activities to resume. We continue to conduct real time air monitoring of the area and demolition work of the former brass factory is on hold until further evaluation of the entire site is completed. Safety is our top priority at Ford and we appreciate the patience of the neighboring residents and businesses during this time.
Where is the demolition taking place and what’s the timing for the project?
As part of our Corktown development, Ford will demolish the old Lincoln Brass Works property at 2051 Rosa Parks Boulevard. The work will be done in phases, starting with the installation of safety systems and monitors followed by the cleaning and removal of the interiors. The external demolition will run from May through end of June. Finally, foundation and site remediation work will take place July through September.
When are crews working onsite?
Standard working hours onsite are 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Where can I go for more information?
Ford has published an Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) which you can read here. This plan outlines the work being performed and the measures taken to ensure any potential exposure or dust creation is being monitored and controlled. There are also project information boards located at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at 2826 Bagley Street and at the project site along Dalzelle Street and Vermont Street.
If you have any questions about Ford’s Michigan Central Station and Corktown campus transformation project, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at +1-313-845-3673 (313-845-FORD). Responses will be provided within two business days.
If you’re interested in leasing space within Ford’s Corktown campus, please contact Derric Scott, Senior Manager – Sales, Leasing and Development at email@example.com or 313-322-6862.