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Old October 18th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #1
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DETROIT | Packard Automotive Plant Renewal

The Packard Automotive Plant used to build cars for the Packard brand until it went bankrupt in 1958 and was abandoned. Now there is a plan to restore the facility.

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After enduring decades of abandonment and vandalism, the Packard Plant is coming back to life.

Peru-based developer Fernando Palazuelo, who bought the sprawling ruins in December for $405,000, is beginning work on the Packard’s former administration building, an adjacent courtyard and the iconic brick bridge over East Grand Boulevard.

Crews recently surveyed that area of the plant for asbestos and soon will begin removing hazardous material and dangerous debris, said project manager Kari Smith said.
http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2014/0...iconic-bridge/
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Old October 18th, 2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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Long haul to try to clean up Packard Plant begins

Louis Aguilar, The Detroit News

On a gray Friday afternoon, a high reach excavator removed a slab of reinforced concrete from of a gutted building at Detroit's Packard Plant, thus starting the next phase to find a new life for one of the city's most infamous ruins.

The piece was removed from a tattered former administration building on Concord Street. It's just one of the multiple ravaged buildings in this facility that is a half-mile long.

Friday began what could be a clean up of the entire site, which is expected to take months. It's part of what could be 10-15 year redevelopment plan that's been launched by the facility's new owner, Fernando Palazuelo.

Today we begin to remove dangerous materials from the plant



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I hope they will put a restored Packard or two in the lobbies as a reminder of the past!
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Old October 18th, 2014, 04:05 PM   #4
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I passed by the building about a month ago when I visited Detroit. I really hope the refurbishment project goes through
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Old October 18th, 2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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Just to clear the air. We are going through selective demolition of dangerous structural elements that are falling into public areas. We are not in the process of demolishing any structure. We will save everything we can. Thank you for your support!
I want to believe this project is real and it will really happen, but the mountain to climb is still very high. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 01:00 AM   #7
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I can see most of those extra buildings being demolished, since looters have compromised many of the structures already:



The site is a total mess. I've seen buildings demolished that were in far better shape
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 09:58 PM   #8
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https://www.facebook.com/packardplan...type=1&theater
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Packard update: "Skeletor Rex", our nickname for the giant crane on site for the last 3 days, is finished with the initial project. What was done? 25 reinforced concrete columns that were unstable and falling onto public areas, were removed. Unstable bricks on the exterior were also removed. Making this site a safer space for the community and our workers. Haul off of debris is next.
Community meeting is scheduled for November 6th. They will discuss job creation, project timeline and answer questions.
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Old November 4th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #9
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Cleanup work continues...

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On Concord, looking to the left, which hasn't been cleared, and looking to the right, which has.

https://www.facebook.com/packardplan...25003037636319
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What a mess, it looks like it went through an allied bombing campaign
Hopefully enough buildings are structurally sound so that it actually resembles how it was in the 1930s.
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Nadau Lavergne Architects Present Proposal to Revitalize Detroit’s Decaying Packard Plant



Nadau Lavergne Architects, the winning team of the Reanimate the Ruins international ideas contest, have shared with us their proposal to revive Detroit‘s historic Packard Automotive Plant, the former factory which has become an icon of the city’s post-industrial decline. By developing a proposal which frees the land from unwanted structures and knits the colossal 1 kilometer-long building back into the urban landscape, Nadau Lavergne Architects have created a design which returns both a sense of community and some economic hope back to the building.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.archdaily.com/566080/nada...packard-plant/
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