Historic Ford site soon to become a tourist attraction

Article by Anita Panait, on July 17, 2013

The Michigan plant birthplace to Henry Ford's moving assembly line would be soon turned into an attraction for both tourists and car enthusiasts, if plans by the Woodward Avenue Action Association push through. According to the association’s interim executive director, Deborah Schutt, they already has a purchase deal with the complex's owner, National Equity Corp., to pay $550,000 for two of eight buildings at the historic Ford manufacturing complex located in Highland park as well as for a four-floor, 40,000-square-foot administration building and the 8,000-square-foot executive garage located near the site.

The agreement would also include three acres of land fronting Woodward that would become a parking lot. The group needs the amount to realize its goal.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has awarded $400,000 and the Michigan Economic Development Corp granted $15,000 to the project. With WA3 taking out $10,000 from its reserves, the group only has to raise $125,000 more before the agreement’s scheduled closing on Oct. 1, according to Schutt.

She noted that the group has made funding requests to foundations while its board is also appealing to individuals in the community for donations. She added that WA3 is considering making an appeal to the general public.

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