One of the largest redevelopment projects in the world started earlier this year in Detroit, and a new tour will be offered so visitors can learn more about the history and the future of the iconic site. The Packard Plant is undergoing Phase One of a long-term redevelopment of the massive site, bringing office space, food options, and gallery space to the eastside.
Pure Detroit, who leads popular tours of the Guardian and Fisher Buildings, will partner with Arte Express on these new Saturday tours. While many have wandered the massive site on their own in the past, these tours will be more legit. Starting on August 12, visitors can tour the expansive site through a $40 guided tour.
Tours will be schedules at noon and 3 p.m, and visitors must register ahead of time.
“Pure Detroit is excited to help highlight the extraordinary history of the Packard Plant with our partners Arte Express Detroit and the Packard Plant Project,” said Kevin Borsay, owner, Pure Detroit. “Our walking tours will offer a unique and enriching experience that focuses on the plant's past, present, and future contribution to the vitality of the city.”
Designed by Albert Kahn Associates, the Packard Automotive Plant was built in 1903 as a five million square-foot manufacturing facility for Packard automobiles, then later reduced to 3.5 million square feet across 40 acres after the development of I-94. The Packard Car Company went out of business in 1956. The property was purchased by Arte Express in 2013.