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Ford Auditorium is seen through a window in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. (WWJ Photo/Florence Walton)

An eyesore at Detroit’s Hart Plaza could soon be demolished.

Ford Auditorium could come down as early as May to make way for a 5,000 seat amphitheater similar to Chene Park. Built in 1955 by the Ford family and auto dealers, the auditorium has sat vacant on the city’s riverfront since the Detroit Symphony Orchestra left in 1989.

The mayor’s group executive of planning, Carla Henderson, says it’s like a monster sitting in the middle of all the progress going on, so the vacant auditorium needs to be eliminated.

Mayor Dave Bing’s Chief Governmental and Civic Affairs Officer Kirk Lewis says the mayor is looking for a company to demolish Ford Auditorium.

“Mayor Bing is very concerned about the transformation of the city of Detroit. And as we look at the riverfront, we see Ford Auditorium as a symbol of blight,” says Lewis. He adds that, right now, they’re focused on transforming that area into the gateway for the city.

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  1. Grove Sandrock says:

    Too bad, it could have been used for lots of neat things. But, it has been ignored for too long. Having attended many events in the Ford Auditorium, I am sad to see it go, although it has been very sad to see it neglected and shuttered. Like so many of Detroit’s gems, it has been allowed to fall into neglect. Too much of Detroit’s history and assets have been torn down for the sake of “progress”.

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