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The Packard plant then and now

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rrbrucea, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. rrbrucea
    Joined: Mar 2, 2010
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    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  2. big M
    Joined: Mar 22, 2010
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    big M

    Thanks for posting this, as I grew up near Detroit years ago. It's really sad to see a once thriving industry looking like a ghost town.

  3. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    it looks like a cool place to smoke cigarettes and break stuff.
  4. rrbrucea
    Joined: Mar 2, 2010
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    After posting this I noticed the oldish date on the article--never a good thing to look at that AFTER you post! Hope as a result this isn't a repeat for many here... Lots to look at in the pics, but one thing I noticed--TREES growing on the roof?!

  5. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,719

    junk yard kid

    and drink some tall cans
    Joined: May 6, 2012
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    Looks like vandals HAVE been breaking stuff...
  7. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    It is a repost but worth reviewing.
    Any wonder Detroit is bankrupt?
  8. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    Rusty O'Toole

    No more dark satanic mills.... no more smoke stacks belching coal smoke into the sky.... no more soul destroying assembly line jobs.... the poor downtrodden workers are free to open like a flower and develop the best that is in them.

    How's that working out anyway?
    raven and 2bubbas like this.
  9. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    from DFW USA

    Seems to be working well in China and Korea.
  10. Bearcat_V8
    Joined: Sep 21, 2011
    Posts: 371

    from Dexter, MI

  11. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,357

    from Arizona

    I worked at a Ford dealer a few miles west of there on "The Boulevard" from 67 to 86 when the dealer closed. Except for the Fisher bldg area near Woodward it was a "no mans land" area. Especially near that plant. Not as bad as it is today but its still a waste.
  12. rrbrucea
    Joined: Mar 2, 2010
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  13. Last edited: Nov 22, 2013
  14. Some pics of the Packard bldg show that there are still some old Packards rotting away in there.
  15. crazy how much has been abandoned to just rott away
  16. So cool.. yet eo depressing.
  17. Wonder where the Packard grill shape keystone from the bridge ended up?
  18. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    ems customer service

    out of work and on welfare
  19. hendo0601
    Joined: Aug 24, 2013
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    from Tacoma, WA

    wow...those pictures and that video kinda make me ashamed to live in a country that allows things like this to happen and remain in that sad of shape. Some of those pictures look like pictures of German cities in WWII after a bombing raid. It is sad what has happened to Detroit...and the song played in that video could not be more fitting.
  20. The first link was posted before, but no big deal.
  21. Just found a murded law student from nearby Wayne State University today. Be careful around there
  22. Yes, indeed. The plant is fascinating to explore, but. Take a cell phone, use the buddy system...and this is one place where a CCW might be in order.
  23. skinnydude
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
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    Really great !! thanks for posting but a bit sad But very very good .
  24. dart165
    Joined: Apr 15, 2005
    Posts: 704


    I think those photos are actually from the piquette/russell st bridge, which is close, but it not in the plant. It's across the street form the old abandoned fischer body plant. I always wondered who owned them. Unfortunately they are pretty much rotted back into the earth at this point.
  25. butch27
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 2,845


    What the Hell Happened?
  26. To the plant? Packard stopped building cars there in 1955 and moved out. The complex was then partitioned into a sort of industrial park but was never terribly successful and maintenance was deferred for decades. It was never more than 40 or 50 percent occupied, mainly with warehousing, car and boat storage, chemical processing, tire reclaiming, recycling, every kind of marginal business you can imagine. In the '90s the deterioration began to accelerate and even the identity of the owner came into dispute. It took many years for the authorities to sort all that out and seize the property for back taxes.

    Since then, a series of developers have been making a play for the site with various pitches, but that's been essentially a clown show. Since the site cleanup is estimated at $20-25 million and the land is worth a fraction of that, it's hard to imagine legitimate developers having much interest. A fellow is supposed to hand over a check for $2.2 million today. We'll see how that goes.
  27. lorollinls
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
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    from TN

    Thanks for all the cool links. That video is awesome. Sad to see the place in such ruin though.

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  28. Packard plant in the post-bridge years...looking northwest across the corner of East Grand Boulevard and Concord Street.

  29. dart165
    Joined: Apr 15, 2005
    Posts: 704


    The same angle, back then, and more recently (stolen from the internet):



  30. And oddly enough, here is the rendering made up by/for the current buyer, showing some of the planned use -- residential, retail, etc.


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