central depot http://michiganradio.org en Holiday lights brighten up Detroit's Michigan Central Depot http://michiganradio.org/post/holiday-lights-brighten-detroits-michigan-central-depot <p>Detroit’s Michigan Central Depot is looking a little more cheery today.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second year in a row, the former train station which now serves as the quintessential symbol of Detroit's urban decay, is decking the halls with holiday lights. According to <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131122/METRO01/311220038/Detroit-s-Central-Depot-decks-empty-halls?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">The Detroit News</a>, </span>Matty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Moroun<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who bought the building in 1996, came up with the idea of sprucing up the 18-story abandoned station with the help of his family.</span></p><blockquote><p>“Since we’ve put electricity back in, we decided to light it up, and it looks really nice,” President of the Detroit International Bridge Co. Dan Stamper said. “We’ve gotten a lot of nice comments and we just hope everyone has a happy holiday.”</p></blockquote><p>Electric lighting has returned to the building as part of an effort to (slowly) give the station a facelift. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/03/michigan_central_station_makeo.html">Back in 2011</a>, the International Bridge Co. began to replace windows and stairwells in&nbsp;MCD.&nbsp;</p><p><em>- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:35:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15397 at http://michiganradio.org Holiday lights brighten up Detroit's Michigan Central Depot Iconic former train station could get a fix-up http://michiganradio.org/post/iconic-former-train-station-could-get-fix <p>It&rsquo;s being reported this morning that Manuel (Matty) Moroun, owner of the Michigan Central Depot in Detroit, plans to replace the roof and windows of the tattered train station. From the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110325/METRO01/103250394/Decaying-Central-Depot-to-get-spruce-up">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>After decades of looking like a bombed-out relic, the iconic Michigan Central Train Depot is set to receive a mini face-lift&hellip;</p><p>Created by the same architects who designed Grand Central Station in New York City, the building at one time was the largest train station in the world and known for its rich décor.</p><p>Decline and decay pulled into the station soon after the last train departed in January 1988. Scrappers looted the building.</p><p>Over the years, several ideas have been pitched for the building, including a new police headquarters. None has panned out. Nor has a 2009 resolution from the City Council to demolish it.</p><p>Because of its look of urban decay, the depot has been used in several films, including &quot;Transformers,&quot; &quot;The Island,&quot; &quot;Four Brothers&quot; and &quot;Eight Mile.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Moroun also owns the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The Detroit News quotes Bridge Company President Dan Stamper as saying, &ldquo;We&#39;re applying with the city to replace the roof and the windows&hellip;We&#39;re doing it because it would be much easier to help a developer to come up with a package to use the depot if some improvements were made &hellip; so that&#39;s what we&#39;re doing.&rdquo; Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:21:07 +0000 Zoe Clark 1783 at http://michiganradio.org Iconic former train station could get a fix-up