DETROIT (WWJ) – Abandoned for the past 30 years, Detroit’s legendary Michigan Central Station served as the backdrop for an invitation-only dinner Wednesday night as part of this year’s Detroit Homecoming event.
A Key to the City presentation honoring longtime comedienne and Detroit-native, Lily Tomlin, was among the highlights:
“I have so many feelings about Detroit,” said Tomlin. “I am really proud that I am from here, it’s one of the great cities and I had the great luxury of growing up here, hanging out in everyone’s apartment — chilling out. Thank you all a lot.”
Matthew Moroun, vice chairman of his family’s company, which owns the train station – spoke of the challenge of owning the unique property.
“Despite the enormous and positive feelings this evening,” said Moroun. “It has not always been good to own the Depot. We’ve taken many broad sides even the Detroit City Council voted to have the Depot turned into rubble. Today demolition is unthinkable and the only question is when and how this building is going to be re-developed.”
Developed during the recent recession by Crain’s Detroit Business — the three-day “Homecoming Event” brings former Detroiters back home in the hope they re-invest in the city’s recovery.