Ford has acquired the iconic Michigan Central Station in Detroit in order to transform it into the centrepiece of what it calls a vibrant new campus to serve as an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation.
The company says the Corktown campus will be a place where Ford and its partners will work on autonomous and electric vehicle businesses, and design solutions for a new transportation operating system “that makes mobility more convenient and accessible through smart, connected vehicles, roads, parking and public transit.”
Corktown will be part of a Ford mobility corridor running from Ann Arbor to Dearborn to Detroit. Ford says this is also the latest node in its research network stretching from Palo Alto to Germany to China. It plans to redesign its Dearborn research and engineering campus and this will continue in parallel with the Corktown development.
Michigan Central Station was closed 30 years ago. Ford says it will be redeveloped over the next three to four years into a “magnet for high-tech talent and a regional destination with modern work spaces, retail, restaurants, residential living and more.”
“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently – all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”