As Ford reimagines its business for a new century, it has turned to Detroit’s oldest neighborhood as a launchpad for its plans. In Corktown, we are creating an innovation hub in an urban setting to develop, design and test mobility solutions that will shape the future of transportation.
The Corktown campus is composed of several buildings: Michigan Central Station, Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, Brass Factory, The Factory, and future developments.
Each of these have either undergone work or is currently being worked on. We will have updates below about each building.
Here you can find updates on the development, including construction progress, site planning, mobility solutions and community initiatives, events and activations. It also provides an opportunity for guests to share their feedback with us.
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1907 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
(corner of Rosa Parks Blvd. & Michigan Ave.)
The centerpiece of Ford’s Corktown vision is Michigan Central Station, a beloved Detroit landmark that was acquired in June 2018. The station and a number of nearby properties Ford now owns will anchor a 1.2 million-square-foot innovation hub that draws on talent at Ford and beyond. Our Corktown developments, along with Ford’s transformation of its Dearborn campus currently underway, will create a mobility corridor driving the future of transportation.
Being in the heart of Detroit provides the perfect setting for Ford teams, and our partners in technology, mobility and government, to collaborate on building smart vehicles for a smart world. Corktown will be the place to test out our mobility concepts and city solutions and understand the role transportation plays in revitalizing cities. And Corktown serves as the fulcrum for the company’s push into an autonomous and electrified world.
Construction begins on Michigan Central Station, designed by Warren & Wetmore, architects of NYC’s Grand Central Terminal.
MCS opens in December, a year early, due to a fire at Michigan Central’s old depot.
In the 1920s, Henry Ford begins buying land around the station, but Great Depression squelches plans.
At its peak, MCS serves more than 4,000 travelers a day and houses 3,000 office workers.
Passenger traffic begins its steady decline, leading to service cuts; a $5-million sale of station falls through.
MCS added to National Register of Historic Places; waiting room is formally reopened.
Jan 5th at 11:30 AM, 74 years after the first train steamed in, Train No. 353 to Chicago becomes the last train out of MCS.
Matty Moroun-owned Controlled Terminals Inc. acquires MCS, unveiling restoration plan which never happens.
City Council votes to demolish MCS, but an election, budget constraints, and a lawsuit arguing for its historic merit, prevail.
In a compromise with the city of Detroit, the Moroun family commits to replacing windows at MCS.
Ford announces plans for reconstruction of the MCS as new hub for mobility capital of the world.
Ford plans to open doors to the newly renovated MCS.
Michigan Central Station Winter Festival
Ford’s Michigan Central Station Winter Festival ran for 10 days in January 2019. Thousands of visitors got a peek into the future as well as a tribute to the past through a 3D light show projected on the 18-story building that once served as Detroit’s main train station.