Detroit’s Michigan Central Station progress report: About 60% new windows

August 15, 2015

At the very least, the train station, although still empty, will at least look more like someone cares.

Proud of progress at Michigan Central Station, the Moroun organization gave a tour Thursday inside the structure where workers continue to replace more than 1,000 windows broken during years of neglect.

About 600 windows have been installed on the upper floors of the train station near 17th and Michigan, said Ken Carter, a superintendent of the project for the Moroun family’s Detroit International Bridge Co. He expects all the windows — nearly 1,100 — to be installed by the end of the year.

For the oft-criticized Moroun organization, putting new windows in the derelict station is meant to show that the organization will play a part in the city’s revitalization. Replacing the windows was one requirement in the recent deal with Mayor Mike Duggan to improve Riverside Park by swapping Moroun-owned land there for a parcel the family needs to build a replacement span next to the family’s Ambassador Bridge.

At the very least, the train station, although still empty and far from any habitable condition, will at least look more like someone cares.

“We’ve been in Detroit a long time,” Carter said. “We employ a great number of people, and I think it’s important that we help redevelop this structure.”

Carter said the clean-up and restoration of the century-old landmark station — which became a persistent symbol around the world of Detroit’s decline — have cost about $12 million, so far, including restoring electricity to the station and installing a $4-million elevator capable of carrying freight and passengers.

The window project by itself is expected to cost about $3 million.

“This building touches many people,” Carter said. “We think it’s very important to bring it back.”

Detroit Free Press reporter John Gallagher has the full story, photos, and a video presentation by clicking here.

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