Ford offers tours of Michigan Central Station before historic Detroit building undergoes renovations

20,000 sign up to see inside of former train depot

DETROIT – The long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Corktown soon will finally undergo renovations but first, the building's new owner, Ford, is offering a free look inside.

This weekend's tours filled up, as more than 20,000 people signed up to tour the massive former train depot before the site is transformed into a place for the automaker's mobility team. While reservations are filled, a wait list is available. Click here to join a wait list.

PHOTOS: Ford Motor Company shares peek at plans for Michigan Central Station, Corktown

Ford is creating a Corktown campus. Its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle business teams moved into a building at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard earlier this year, and the company recently purchased Michigan Central Station, the former Detroit Public Schools Book Depository, two acres of vacant land and the site of an old brass factory.


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Ford is planning on creating a campus that will consist of about 1.2 million square feet of property in Corktown. The mixed-use space will feature office space, retail space and residential housing. The company plans to locate about 2,500 employees, mostly from its mobility team, to the space by 2022.

The new developments, including the one at MCS, will also have room to accommodate 2,500 more employees of partners and other businesses, Ford said.