Historic buildings at old State Fairgrounds in Detroit coming down
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Tuesday that most of the historic buildings on the old State Fairgrounds near 8 mile will likely be demolished to make way for the proposed $ 400 million Amazon distribution center.
“I think they’ll likely all get down,” Duggan said at a press conference announcing the Amazon project. “We all have emotional ties, but for the past 10 years not a single person has been able to figure out how to use these old farm buildings in a way that follows a business plan.”
At least three of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, though inclusion on the register doesn’t preclude demolition of structures.
All three abandoned buildings have a Roman Classical design that was popular at the major exhibitions and world expositions of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as requested by the state for the national register.
The buildings entered in the register are:
- The Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum (built 1922)
- The dairy cattle building (built in 1924)
- The agricultural building (built in 1926)
Representatives from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office could not be reached immediately for comment Tuesday afternoon.
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