Fate of unique CPA Building in Corktown may be decided today

CPA Building in Corktown, Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

CPA Building in Corktown, Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Update: Detroit City Council unanimously approved an interim historic designation for the building. 

The fate of the unique CPA Building in Corktown could be determined today.

The city temporarily halted demolition last week after preservationists and Corktown residents urged council members to save the building by granting it a historic designation. Today, the council will decide whether to approve the interim historic designation.

The building, which is across the street from Michigan Central Station on Michigan Avenue, has been abandoned for about a decade. New York-based Sequoia Property Partners purchased the building in 2014 but has done little to protect the property, which the city says is in dangerous condition.

If council approves the designation, the Historic Designation Advisory Board will study the building for historic district status, which would prevent the building from being razed.

Several companies have expressed interest in renovating the building.

The building was used by the Conductor’s Protective Association and eventually converted into a bank.

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.