Detroit Evening Report: Detroit officials accepting redevelopment proposals for former Packard Plant site

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Crews work on demolishing the former Packard Plant building in Detroit.

FILE - Crews work on demolishing the former Packard Plant building in Detroit.

The city of Detroit and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) announced a request for proposals to redevelop several areas of the former Packard Plant site.

Officials aim to redevelop the site into a high-quality industrial facility in the automotive sector, with location being the the main attractiveness for potential developers. The 37-acre site between I-94 and Farnsworth Street on Detroit’s east side is still being demolished.

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The site is close to major freeways, roadways and other manufacturing businesses — opening the doors to new development opportunity.

“The redevelopment of the Packard Plant site represents a significant opportunity to bring new life to a historic property and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Detroit’s automotive industry,” DEGC CEO Kenyetta Hairston-Bridges said in a news release. “We are excited to work with the city of Detroit and potential developers to create a project that will honor the legacy of the Packard Plant while driving economic growth and job creation in the area.”

The city is looking for proposals that will honor the legacy of the site — which closed operations in 1958 — by incorporating some of the existing structure that remains. Proposals from interested firms must be submitted by July 12.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.