The American Beauty Iron Building to be Demolished

Monday, May 7, 2012

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Wayne State University is receiving criticism from historic preservationists for plans to demolish Detroit’s American Beauty Iron factory. Some say if the Albert Kahn-designed structure is razed, the city will become less of a walking attraction. However, Wayne State’s Chief Financial Officer Rick Nork says the demolition is needed to build a $93-million biomedical research facility, which will bring more residents and jobs into the area.

“We are doing a major, significant project which is going to bring a lot of vitality to the Midtown district… and that is to create this biomedical research building and repurpose a historic Albert Kahn building known as the Dalgleish Auto Dealership and taking down the American Beauty is the only cost-effective option we have…”

Nork says Wayne State plans to turn the American Beauty Iron factory into short term parking and green space. The building, which has been vacant for more than 16 years, is slated to be demolished later this month.

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