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Michigan Central Depot to install new windows, again

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Hundreds of people wait in line outside the Michigan tours of the station during an open house on Friday, June 22, 2108 in Detroit.

Detroit — Less than three years after installing more than 1,000 new windows, the Michigan Central Depot will be replacing them, new owners Ford Motor Co. said. 

Ford, which recently bought the building, plans to replace the windows for historical purposes. The Dearborn automaker recently announced plans for a 1.2 million-square-foot campus in Corktown that will be anchored by the iconic former train station. 

A view from the 13th floor of the Michigan Central Train Depot on Friday during an open house. 

(Max Ortiz, the Detroit News)

The current windows were installed in February 2015, when billionaire Manuel "Matty" Moroun owned the building. 

Developers still are in the early stages of reconstruction but said the windows will be replaced. 

"Our plan is to restore the building to its historical status ... we think the windows are not historically correct," said Dawn Booker, spokeswoman for Ford Land Development Co. 

Booker said it's too early to know what the windows will look like. 

"We’re ... really early in our Corktown stages, so we don’t know what kinds we will replace them with," she said.

The Dearborn automaker will bring 2,500 employees to Corktown; another 2,500 will come from startups and other partner companies.

srahal@detroitnews.com

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