Packard Plant Guided Tours To Raise Funds For Art Nonprofit

DETROIT (AP) – Visitors will get up-close looks at the rusted steel beams, concrete walls, and factory floors in Detroit where Packard luxury cars were assembled.

The Detroit Free Press reports Wednesday that 60 people have bought tickets for Oct. 24 guided tours through the old Packard auto factory complex on the city’s east side.

Tickets cost about $41 each. The money will go to the Detroit Area Art Deco Society nonprofit.

[PHOTOS:  A Peek Inside The Packard Plant]

Peruvian developer Fernando Palazuelo bought the 40-acre site in 2013 at a tax foreclosure auction. He plans to redevelop it.

The plant was built in the early 1900s and has been a symbol of Detroit’s blight and past manufacturing glory. The last auto rolled out in the 1950s. The buildings later were used for other manufacturing and warehouses.

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