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Dolby brought the car to celebrate its' 61st birthday. Palazuelo, who lives in Lima, Peru, quoted Napoleon during the ceremony and vowed to complete the Packard project, despite the immense challenges in rehabbing industrial ruins."I am committed to the success of this project," Palazuelo said to the audience.
"I assure you, we will not fail."The groundbreaking event attracted several antique Packard cars and the curiosity of one former Packard Plant employee, 91-year-old Charles (Skip) Gibson of Eastpointe, who came to hear what will happen next to his old workplace.
One of the most ambitious redevelopment projects in Detroit got under way today with a groundbreaking at the old Packard Plant, which could see its first office tenants next year if plans proceed on schedule.
A crowd of nearly 200 people, including Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, came to celebrate the groundbreaking and hear from Packard Plant owner Fernando Palazuelo.
With Gibson’s comeback having been solidified, the actor/director’s next project has been announced; another collaboration with Vince Vaughn, the pair having worked together on ’s S. The film centres on two policemen - Gibson and Vaughn - ‘who find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media's cause du jour’.
The pair descends into the criminal underworld to gain their due, but discover more in the shadows than intended.
It built its last car in the mid-1950s and lost most of its remaining industrial tenants in the late 1990s.
The Packard Plant is no longer Palazuelo's only redevelopment project in Detroit — or the region.
Construction and redevelopment for Phase Two, a recreational center whose specific purpose hasn't been announced, could start next year.
Subsequent phases could include live-work spaces for artists, a hostel, a techno club and perhaps even a "Packard Hotel."The entire project could take a decade to complete and cost 0 million, according to Palazuelo.
Financing for the first phase involves a mix of private equity funding from Palazuelo's companies, tax credits, a 0,000 Wayne County loan, an ,000 county grant and a .2-million brownfield environmental cleanup that would reimburse that amount to Arte Express over a period of years.“I am excited to see a project of this scale developed in an area that oftentimes feels forgotten and left out," said Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, who represents the area.
Dave Dolby of New Baltimore wipes his 1956 Packard Executive on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 while attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Packard Plant rehab in Detroit.