Historic industrial building makes way for parking lot; Midtown to get research center

The final walls of the historic building are expected to come crashing down today, sealing the fate of the Albert Kahn industrial structure in Midtown.

Wayne State University has been tearing down the two-story building this summer to make way for a parking lot and a staging ground for work on an adjacent, $90-million biomedical research center.

Still standing this morning was the rear section of the building at Woodward and Burroughs. A tree growing atop the roof was still clinging on.

Preservationists and many Midtowners opposed the demolition, noting the ubiquity of parking lots near the building.  They also said repeated demolitions are defeating the goal of creating a densely packed community.

University officials said the area will benefit from the research center, and additional parking will be needed.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.