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The Packard Plant Project Faces a Financing Setback

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We have been following The Packard Plant Project since late in August of 2014 when Fernando Palazuelo the new owner of the complex announced that he was ready to begin clean up operations. Three weeks ago on January 6th was our last report on the ongoing cleanup of the former Administrative Office Building and how the challenging project was progressing.

Two weeks ago on January 14th, the administration of the project released these photos of Building 13, the former Packard Administration Building with this report: Thanks to the weather and our amazing remediation team from Qualified, the first floor will be completely cleaned out next week.

Daniel Strohl of Hemmings Motor News reported last week: Despite the loss of a major financial backer for his renovation of the once-abandoned Packard plant in Detroit, owner Fernando Palazuelo said he intends to continue with the renovation, aiming to reopen the plant’s administration building next year. Take a few moments to read Dan’s comprehensive report of the situation at Hemmings Daily here. 

You can look back at our earlier coverage of the Packard Plant here.

  •       A cleaned up hallway flanked by administrative offices ends at the lobby shown in the lead photo.

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4 responses to “The Packard Plant Project Faces a Financing Setback

  1. The task of any kind of restoration on this site is daunting. I’ve mentioned in a previous post about the repurposed Marathon Motors in Nashville, and the work they’ve accomplished is cool and remarkable. It has also been a long haul for the owner. This does not happen overnight and usually not by committee. Mostly one person was responsible for the direction of the rebuild. On a similar note, SteelStack in Bethlehem is another repurposed venue. A popular destination and a cool place to visit. However, it makes me a little sad to think of all those good “family man (woman)” jobs that are no more. You walk thru on the tour and see the chopped up connecting rods on the big compressors used for the blast and just marvel at the sive and scope of it all. You could park a Chevy van in the cylinder. The pictures of the steel product being shipped out by the train load, It’s no wonder the US was a superpower.
    Back to Detroit. Is there a need and a market for what they want to do? Do they need a casino there? Detroit still has a lot to offer, but is this the best place to drop a cool 80 million? I’m not surprised the funding reconsidered. I hope it works out for the best. Good luck to all.

  2. Perhaps the money could be better spent on the old Packard Proving Grounds where significant progress has been made by volunteers over the years. The infrastructure is much less daunting and is already well on the way to becoming self-supporting and the venue still carries the magic of the Packard Motor Car Company.

  3. The previous comment was spot on: there are only so many places needed for recreation and entertainment, at some point someone has to make something that someone else is willing to pay for. It is a very sad vista, viewing the once-was and the could-have-beens, made all the more dreary by the gloom on the horizon. Hope does spring eternal, though, and there are reasons for optimism. Somewhere. I think.

  4. I feared this would happen. It’s all about location. If you’ve ever been in the area you would know that it is a very run down neighborhood in Detroit. Even if the buildings were restored I don’t think anyone would want to be down there.

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