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Detroit’s Packard Plant Set To Be Demolished

Taken from the Detroit News:

The purported owner of the Packard Plant says he is days away from starting to barricade and fence off the 3.5-million-square-foot eyesore as a part of his plan to demolish one of the city’s most iconic ruins.

Dominic Cristini said Thursday he has hired a demolition firm and plans on applying for permits in the next several days to secure the sprawling, dilapidated plant on East Grand Boulevard near Concord. Cristini, who claims he’s the sole owner through his company, Bioresource, said he wants to start the demolition process within a month.

“I am going to demolish the building,” Cristini said. “It’s unsafe, and it’s got to come down. I don’t want anybody to get hurt. I am just trying to do the right and responsible thing.”

He estimates it will cost $6 million to raze the Albert Kahn-designed plant built by the luxury automaker that went out of business in 1958, adding that recovered scrap metal will offset the cost.

A small crew from AVC Services based in Harrison Township was onsite Thursday, assessing ways to cut it off from the constant stream of scavengers, homeless and artists who have made it a popular underground site for years.

“We are going to see if it is possible to secure it,” Antonio Carlomusto of AVC said Thursday.

Cristini said they may try to save portions of the plant for historical value but isn’t sure whether that is possible.

Detroit officials said Thursday the plant has already gone through demolition hearings and was ordered down in April 2011.

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“We have always been willing to work with the property owners to bring their property into compliance,” said Karla Henderson, Mayor Dave Bing’s Group Executive of Planning and Facilities. “We support their efforts.”

The facility is one of Detroit’s most well-known ruins and for nearly 15 years went through an often-bizarre legal battle over ownership between the city and Bioresource. About four years ago, the Michigan Supreme Court put the property back in Bioresource’s hands. Records have showed real estate investor Romel Casab as the company president, but Cristini said Thursday he is the only owner.

Cristini, who was released from federal prison in 2010 after serving a four-year drug sentence, said he has been working with city officials to pave the way for the demolition.

The city has a tax lien on the property for at least $300,000. Many of the parcels showed tens of thousands are owed in unpaid property taxes as of earlier this year. Some parcelsare facing foreclosure this fall.

The sprawling plant has been ravaged by time, the elements and scavengers, but it continues to attract admirers.

“In a sick way, it’s incredibly beautiful,” freelance photographer Casey Carlton said Thursday as she explored the edges of Packard.

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Detroit Statistics That Will Shock You!

Believe it or not, there are a few people out there who actually think Detroit is a great place to live. I’m not talking about the metro area, but the actual city of Detroit itself… crazy, right? They tell me what a great history the city has, and how it’s got lots of culture and life… that may be, I don’t argue that. Heck, every major city on the planet his it’s own culture and way of life, that’s how big cities work. But, I can tell you what most major cities in America DON’T have:

80,000 abandoned buildings
75 out of Detroit’s 135 square miles are abandoned, and area larger than the entire city of Vancouver
1 in 47 are homeless
Median home price is $6,000
Unemployment is officially 29%, but is estimated at near 50%
Unsolved murder rate 70%
Lowest high school graduation rate in he country, only 21%

Are these the kind of things that define a great city? Would you want to raise your family in this type of environment? Of course not. That’s why everyone who can afford to do so is leaving the city and not looking back. And don’t blame this on jobs, there were plenty of jobs available in the 60’s during the riots. People didn’t flee Detroit in record numbers because they didn’t have a job, they left because they no longer felt safe.

FYI, I am not going to bother listing the sources of this information… a simple google search on any of the above FACTS will provide all the proof you need. Feel free to post your crazy Detroit statistics as a comment and I will add them to this post, as there are undoubtedly tons more.

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Truck Pushed Out Of 4th Floor Window At The Packard Plant

A friend of mine recently told me about this story and I just had to share it with everyone here. Now, I’ve been in the Packard Several times, and I can say that thee are numerous trucks, boats, cars, and RVs inside the building. However, some guys pushed a dump truck out of a window on the 4th floor of the Packard plant. No one really knows how a dump truck ended up on the 4th floor, but you can see below how it made it’s way out!

 

Crazy huh? Ghetto Detroit at it’s finest. It’s just amazing that people can spend so much time trying to push this truck out of the window without getting in trouble. You would think think that at some point a cop would drive by, see this happening and arrest them, but it just goes to show how little they care. Anther odd thing about the video is that it’s posted on the Wall Street Journal’s website… what does this video have to do with stocks? It really makes you think.

Here’s another video of the truck on the ground after it was pushed out:

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Man Found Frozen In Ice At Bottom Of Elevator Shaft

 

In January 2009, a man in his mid 50s named Johnnie Redding was found frozen in several feet of ice at the bottom of an elevator shaft in the Detroit Public School Warehouse (also known as the Roosevelt Warehouse). This is the building next to Michigan Central Train Depot. The River Rouge resident was discovered by some kids playing hockey on the floor in the basement which had flooded and frozen over. The police thought it was a hoax and never responded to the first call.

Apparently, the body had been just sitting in the bottom of the shaft for weeks. None of the numerous homeless people living inside the warehouse bothered to call the police. Even after the authorities were notified(multiple times), it was several days before anyone came out. It took a jackhammer to remove the body, who was later identified by his wallet.

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Officials say that Johnnie killed himself. His autopsy revealed no broken bones, no wounds and no water in his lungs, which means he did not fall into the flooded shaft and drown. Most likely, Johnnie was smoking cocaine with somebody and died, coroners suspect. Johnnie’s party pal may have panicked and tossed his body down the water-filled shaft.

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