DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Progress is being reported in the effort to renovate the shuttered Michigan Central Depot, a massive building that for years has been symbol of Detroit blight.

The Detroit International Bridge Co. is continuing to work on the 13-story building, which was illuminated Monday night by lights.

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According to “The Bridge Connection,” the bridge company’s newsletter, the company also has completed removal of the roof and soon will shortly seek bids for its replacement. The company also will seek bid packages for demolition, masonry, concrete, steel and other restoration work, The Detroit News reported.

Manuel “Matty” Moroun, who also owns the nearby Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, began making improvements last year.

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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. The depot was designed by the same architects responsible for New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

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