In communities all across the Midwest, there are old, forgotten buildings that were once treasured. This is especially true in Detroit, where you’ll find forgotten gems like Corktown. Thankfully, Ford has stepped in to help revitalize the Corktown community.
Recently, Ford purchased the iconic Michigan Central Station and has plans to transform it into part of its new campus in the community. This campus will play a key role in how Ford invests in the future. It will be the headquarters for Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicle development.
“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently – all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”
The purchase of Michigan Central Station gives Ford an ever-growing list of potential spaces in Corktown, including its recent purchase of the Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, the site of an old brass factory, two acres of vacant land, and a refurbished former factory. With all of this potential, Ford will spend the next three to four years creating the spaces it needs to work toward the future.
We at Olathe Ford may not be located in Michigan, but we are proud to be part of our local community in Olathe, Kansas.