PURE DETROIT — You read right. Manuel "Matty" Moroun and his pals at the Ambassador Bridge Company are attempting to do right by placing a new roof and installing hundreds of new windows into the ultimate icon of Midwestern decay — the Michigan Central Train Depot.
You’ve picnicked in front of it. You’ve snapped photos. You’ve worried about the fate of the gorgeous interior rotting away. And now, you can worry about how much truth is behind the recent flutter of reports regarding Moroun’s change of heart (Detroit News, MLive.com).
Bing’s administration has confirmed “preliminary talks” with Moroun & Co., but also points out that they’ve yet to pull any permits from the city. The repairs are being pitched as the best possible way to encourage investment in the dilapidated structure. True — while no initial quotes have been published, the cost of replacing windows and the roof alone are probably damn high. But why hasn’t Moroun offered to foot this bill in years past? If it encourages investment these days, wouldn't it have encouraged development yesterday?
Something doesn’t add up when it comes to these initial reports of this shocking change of heart. We’re skeptical (you should be, too) and we’ll definitely keep you posted. | PD