Michigan Central Station’s first train left in 1913, and the final train departed in 1988. Now, 30 years later, the train station has new owners and a new purpose.
Ford Motor Co. purchased the former transportation hub in Corktown for a cool $90 million, and while it is unclear what the company plans to do with the property long term, its plans for Halloween are intact.
For one day only, Ford will turn the creepy station into a haunted house attraction. The event is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be distributed to Corktown community and business leaders, who will pass them out to families living in the neighborhood, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The first 400 ticket holders will have access from 4-6 p.m., followed by the second 400 from 6-8 p.m.
The haunted house will take over the train station’s first floor, and if you happen to live in what’s being called the “impact area,” you’re eligible to receive tickets to ghoul-ish event. The impact area roughly includes neighborhoods from I-75 to M-10 (east to west) and from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to West Lafayette Boulevard (north to south). Even if you do not get a ticket, there will be a “truck-or-treat” that is open to everyone.
The decision is a result of Corktown Neighborhood Advisory Council’s list of improvements for the neighborhoods in its community. The improvements, which Ford has invested $10 million in, will go toward improving affordable housing and education and creating an autonomous and electric vehicle technology campus in the downtown Detroit area.
As Ford transforms the iconic Michigan Central Station, pieces of its decor will not be lost or demolished. To continue improving Corktown and the neighborhoods around it, Ford has enlisted the help of Corktown’s Rebel Nell, a for-profit business dedicated to bridging the gap between women who have struggled to find and maintain employment and local organizations who provide jobs and job training.
Rebel Nell will take layers of graffiti from the walls and use it to create pieces of jewelry. The graffiti paint and wall chippings will be used to craft various pendants and earrings, individually created into one-of-a-kind works.
The collection will house 300 custom pieces for both men and women. The pieces will be inspired by Michigan, with pendants in the famous mitten shape and other Detroit staples. Proceeds from the jewelry sales will benefit the Coalition on Temporary Shelter, Vista Maria, Love Runs and Covenant House.
To find out more about Ford’s community initiative, follow the company on Twitter. If you’re interested in owning a piece of jewelry from Rebel Nell or learning more about its work, follow the business on Instagram and Twitter.