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Go inside historic Detroit Packard Plant during new tours

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DETROIT – Walking tours of Detroit’s Packard Plant will be offered beginning Aug. 12.

The plant was designed by Albert Kahn Associates and built in 1903. It was built as a 5 million square foot manufacturing facility for Packard automobiles, but it was reduced to 3.5 million square feet after I-94 was built.

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It was at the heart of the Arsenal of Democracy during World War II.

The Packard Car Company went out of business in 1956, and the plant is not in use.

Arte Express Detroit purchased the plant in 2013, and redevelopments have begun.

Read more: Redevelopments to bring Packard Plant in Detroit back to life

“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,” Kevin Borsay, owner of Pure Detroit, said.

Pure Detroit is a Detroit apparel shop that also offers walking tours of the Fisher and Guardian buildings.

Tours will be offered at noon and 3 p.m. each Saturday, and will be 90-minutes long.

The tours are $40 and are limited to 30 adults per tour. Make reservations here.

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