The news comes after the winning bidder, Texas physician Jill Van Horn, issued a bizarre, rambling statement about her “prophecy (to) resurrect” Detroit by converting the sweeping auto factory into a site to build modular homes.
Van Horn, of Ennis, Texas, won the auction Friday and said she had investors lined up.
The county is now offering the Packard to the second-place bidder, Chicago developer William Hults, who initially planned to buy the sprawling ruins prior to the auction’s start for $1 million. But financing also fell through with him. His last bid was $2 million before Van Horn entered the auction.
The third-place bidder, who also bid $2 million, is a developer from Peru who has experience turning converting old buildings into new uses.
Stay tuned for updates.
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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.