Feb 22, 2024 - News

Detroit's revived Michigan Central sets June opening

A gif shows a rotating drone shot of the station lit up at night. The number "6-6-2024" is lit up in the center.

Michigan Central on Tuesday night. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

Michigan Central Station is reopening on June 6, the historic depot announced this week.

Why it matters: Once one of America's largest train stations before closing in 1988, Michigan Central Station is reopening after Ford Motor Co. purchased it in 2018.

  • Newlab, an inventor community launched in New York, partnered with Michigan Central to develop a mobility innovation ecosystem centered at Detroit's historic Book Depository building which opened last spring.
  • But how much of the renovated former train station will be open to the public and what exactly will be inside has still yet to be revealed.

The intrigue: "06.06.24" lit up the facade above the main entrance Monday evening.

  • Shortly after, Michigan Central officials confirmed the opening date but offered few details of what to expect when the building's interior is unveiled in June.

What they're saying: "We know Detroit and the world are eager to see how we've brought Michigan Central Station back to life. We are excited to show the first glimpse of the station on June 6, 2024, as we open its doors once again," Michigan Central officials said in a media statement.

  • A spokesperson declined further comment.

Catch up quick: Michigan Central officials said in August they're planning food, beverage and retail options "that will be as much of a destination as the depot itself" but haven't announced specific tenants yet.

  • Plans have stayed under wraps but officials have said local restaurateurs and small-business owners are being considered.
  • Readers told us how they would fill the space last year.

What we're watching: Which parts of the historic former train station will be publicly accessible and what tenants will make up the ground floor?

  • And with Michigan Central keeping major details under wraps, what can we learn from now until June?
  • We'll keep you updated.
Michigan Central from the back entrance
Michigan Central from the back entrance.
Michigan Central
Roosevelt Park in front of Michigan Central's main entrance.
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