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Detroit's old disused factory to get new life

Packard auto plant is being converted to a commercial, art and residential magnet

EUROPEAN-INSPIRED RENAISSANCE: Work is planned for August to secure and weatherise a 120,000 sq ft building that was the Packard Motor Car Co's main office. It may be available for occupancy by mid-2016. The entire project will take seven to 15 years and cost between US$400 million and US$500 million.

Lansing, Michigan

DETROIT'S biggest ruin, the 16-hectare Packard auto plant, will begin a European-inspired rebirth this summer under a plan that officials hope will revitalise one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods and symbolise a reversal of 50 years of economic decline.

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