Next for Detroit? Find uses for 900 vacant manufacturing sites

June 2, 2017

Award-winning reporter John Gallagher of The Detroit Free Press examines our latest special report, on the need to creatively re-purpose hundreds of vacant industrial sites in the city of Detroit.

Next for Detroit? Find uses for 900 vacant manufacturing sites
By: John Gallagher
May 28, 2017
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Detroit, once the industrial powerhouse of the world, now bears the burden of hundreds of vacant industrial sites.

What to do about those sites is the focus of the latest special report from the Detroit Future City Implementation Office, to be released this week.

The numbers alone can stagger: Detroit contains nearly 900 vacant and mostly abandoned manufacturing sites. They include behemoths such as the old Packard Plant, now in line for a multi-year, multi-million-dollar remake. But more than two-thirds of the vacant factory sites measure less than 10,000 square feet — small tool-and-die shops mostly scattered through the city’s neighborhoods.

Click here to read the full article in The Detroit Free Press.