July 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Bridge company to raze 2 buildings in southwest Detroit

Southwest Detroit properties set to begin demolition

Detroit —The Detroit International Bridge Company is set to announce today it will demolish two industrial buildings it owns in southwest Detroit.

The company has called a news conference for 8 a.m. when company Vice President Matthew Moroun and Mayor Mike Duggan will make the announcement.

They are set to start demolishing the property at 2600 W. Fort, near 18th. A second property at 2051-65 W. Fort is expected to be demolished next week, a company spokesman said.

The demolitions are to show the company is willing to be a good corporate partner by ridding the area of properties that are no longer viable, spokesman Kenneth Dobson said.

“We’ve been a proud stakeholder and employer for a number of years,” Dobson said. “We feel it’s the right time, the right administration. (This) administration has been helpful to us in trying to resolve some of our issues. We want to work with the mayor and the city. We want to make sure areas where we own property are safe for the community.”

The Detroit International Bridge Company owns the Ambassador Bridge.

Owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun also owns the Michigan Central Depot in southwest Detroit.

The 18-story station, designed by the same architects responsible for Grand Central Station in New York City, has long been a symbol of Detroit’s urban decay.

In the 1990s, Moroun bought the depot for back taxes after Amtrak discontinued rail service, but plans to rehabilitate the property have not developed. Last year, Moroun said he would spend between $15 million and $20 million to fix the windows and roof, install a working elevator, clean up the grounds and provide new security measures.

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