Monday, December 30, 2013

Packard plant update

The enormous 35-acre Packard site made news throughout 2013. Vagrants caused several fires, and scrappers continued to pick its bones of structural steel causing the collapse of several sections of different buildings. In July Bill Hults, a would-be developer from Chicago, made overtures to purchase the site, but failed to produce the money. 

In October the entire site went on the Wayne County auction block. A high bid of over $6 million dollars was made by a Texas doctor who  put up about $200,000 in earnest money, but ultimately failed to comply with the auction process and forfeited the cash. The property was then awarded to the next highest bidder, who turned out to be the Chicago developer whose bid was $2 million. He put $100,000 down to secure his bid, but again failed to produce the money. The property was then awarded to Fernando Palazuelo, a developer from Peru whose $405,000 bid was the 3rd highest.
Lintel of main entrance to the Packard Motor Car Co.

The photo above was taken just days before the entire entrance facade was removed from the building and shipped to America's Packard Museum in Dayton, Ohio. This piece of Detroit's automotive and architectural history may be gone, but it is available to you as a 10" x 20", 12" x 36" or a nearly life-size 20" x 60" canvas gallery wrap photographic print. Each canvas has a solid substrate to prevent warping, is 1 1/4" deep, has a finished back with wall bumpers and hanging hardware already installed.  A "must have" for any Packard owner or enthusiast !

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