Packard the Never Ending


We tried to get through the whole Packard complex in one go, we really did.


The problem is that the place is just so MASSIVE you need to be fast and devote a full day to it.


Interestingly, the word on the street is that the Packard complex has been sold for 6 million to a group that is talking of “renovating” it into a marketplace.   I’m guessing they’ve never actually seen the place in person, or even been to Detroit.   At this point the Detroit fire department won’t go inside of the complex due to how unstable and dangerous it is, they just allow fires to burn themselves out and handle them as best they can out from the outside.   Combine in the scrappers and urbex infiltrators and you’ve got yourself a nightmare of demolition, clean up and security costs.   I don’t wish them any ill and it would be nice to see the property saved, but I’m not holding my breath.


2 responses

  1. Agree completely, it would be fantastic to see this saved.

    November 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    • There are already at 4 buildings in the complex that are either gone or down to one wall, which leaves a hell of a lot more buildings. The place has a lot of potential but the amount of work that would be required is massive and very expensive. Given Detroit’s current state I do not hold much hope for actual renovation, it would probably be cheaper to raze the site and build new.
      The good news is that Detroit appears to be recovering, but money is going to be the deciding factor here. The first buyer in the auction didn’t pay up, and last I heard they’re down to the fourth highest bidder who happens to specialize in renovating and revitalizing large buildings like Packard. I’m just trying not to get my hopes up right now as it may turn out that no one takes the complex, again.

      November 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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