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Vacant Detroit Train Depot Gets Christmas Makeover

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(Credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The shuttered Michigan Central Depot in Detroit is getting decked out for Christmas.

It’s the second year in a row that the 18-story building has received a holiday makeover, complete with lights that illuminate its facade.

Detroit International Bridge Co. President Dan Stamper said the idea came from owner Matty Moroun and his family to spread holiday cheer.

“Since we’ve put electricity back in, we decided to light it up, and it looks really nice,” Stamper told The Detroit News. “We’ve gotten a lot of nice comments and we just hope everyone has a happy holiday.”

The massive former train station for years has been symbol of Detroit blight.

Moroun, who also owns the nearby Ambassador Bridge, began making improvements to the building in 2012. The depot was built in 1913 and fell into disrepair after rail service ended in 1988. It stands mostly hollowed-out just outside of downtown.

Moroun bought the building in 1990s. It was designed by the same architects responsible for New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

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