Windows give Michigan Central Depot new look

The Detroit News

After years as one of Detroit’s most visible symbols of urban decay, the Michigan Central Depot is steadily moving toward rebuilding its image.

Passersby may notice installation of more of the 1,000-plus new windows billionaire owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun promised would be installed at the historic site in the Corktown neighborhood.

A company representative Tuesday night said that work on the project was continuing.

Moroun had said in April that window construction would start in early May; work was expected to take months to complete.

Dozens of new windows are now in the iconic Michigan Central Depot in Detroit

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has said that, as part of a deal between the city and Moroun’s Detroit International Bridge Co., the windows would be installed by the end of the year.

The towering train station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1913 and closed in 1988.

Moroun, the owner since 1995, has said he intends to revive the 18-story structure, spending millions of dollars to install a working elevator, clean up the grounds as well as repair the building’s windows and roof.

In 2011, Moroun announced he would hire crews to begin to remove the asbestos-laden caulking and glazing from the huge arch-shaped first floor windows that provide a view to the once elegant lobby with marble pillars.

The estimated cost to renovate the 18-story building is somewhere between $100 million to $300 million, Moroun officials have said in the past.

In recent years, the depot has found new life as a production location for television shows and movies. It also has long been an attraction for artists, visiting media and even wedding parties who routinely pose in front of the massive blight.