The Packard Automotive Plant is located just off East Grand Boulevard in Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan.
This place is incredible, a monster of an industrial complex that made luxury Packard cars. The Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit made these vehicles on the 3,500,000 square foot plant, that sprawled over 40 acres of land on the city’s east side. The factory was designed by Albert Kahn and used reinforced concrete for the first time in industrial construction in Detroit.
Opened in 1903 the Packard Automotive Plant was booming and believed by some to have been the most modern automobile manufacturing facility. Unfortunately, like most things Detroit’s industrial boom became complicated and in 1958 the complex closed. The building was so large it offered operations to other businesses and as storage through the late 1990’s. Other buildings on the outer parts were used through the early 2000’s. Chemical Processing is the last business still using part of the large facility, though it intends to vacate the premises by 2062.
As of 2013 the Packard Plant has been scavenged, vandalized, smashed, abused, scrapped, and unappreciated. One particular day a group of people pushed a dump truck off the fourth floor. Though since it was built so firmly in 1903 with reinforced concrete the building is still structurally sound. This poor site has been in the midst of attempted demolitions, where floors or sections have been knocked down, as well as, small collapses in some portions of upper floors.
Sadly the future of this place is unknown, the City of Detroit has announced legal action to have the property secured or demolished. In 2012, Dominic Cristini, who alleges that the complex is under her ownership, said that conduction of construction surveys were being completed in the wake of a full-scale demolition.
In September of 2013, the 43 sites that make up the plant were put up for auction due to tax delinquency. The starting bid was $975,000 but there were no takers. Another auction was held during October and is ending between the 21st through the 27th. So far there have been 9 bids and it is at $64,000 for the whole property. Hopefully soon it will no longer be abandoned and become loved. Also, I hope it does not get demolished, things like this aren’t built anymore, at least not with such lasting care.
You can find this automotive factory with these coordinates. 42°22’46.62?N 83°1’44.14?W.
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