Billionaire Matty Moroun has pledged for years to clean up the Michigan Central Station, one of Detroit’s most iconic symbols of decay.
But the work has been slow, with the addition of a few windows and a few cosmetic improvements.
Now the Moroun family appears to be getting more serious after pulling city permits for $676,000 worth of work at the train station. The plan is to install a service elevator to work on the roof and install windows.
“As with the rehabilitation of any historic structure, it always takes more time and money than first expected,” spokesman Mickey Blashfield confirmed in a statement today. “In addition to applying for the building permits we are keeping city of Detroit officials updated on our progress and plans.”
Moroun pledged last year to spend at least $15 million to install windows and an elevator, fix the roof and provide security to a building that has long been open to trespass.
When Michigan Central Station opened a century ago, it was the tallest station in the world, bringing tens of thousands of people to Detroit for auto jobs.
The last train left 25 years ago.
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.