From The Detroit News
If it’s true that “a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” then the Michigan Central Station may be on its way toward restoration.
On Tuesday morning, a crew of workmen from Professional Abatement Services Inc. began removing asbestos-laden caulking and glazing from all the first floor windows of the iconic building, which has sat abandoned on Michigan Avenue for decades.
The work backs up a recent pledge by Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun — who also owns the train depot — to replace the roof and more than a thousand broken windows in the 17-story building.
“The activity occurring at Michigan Central Station is the beginning of a long process for depot restoration,” said Moroun’s wife, Nora. “It is the first of many positive steps to come.”
Workers also will remove asbestos ductwork and tiles from the first floor, according to Danny Bennett, president of the abatement company.
“This is really a huge job and we could be here for months to come,” Bennett said.
“Once we finish the first floor, we’ll probably start working our way up to the top.”
Milford resident Mark Klaserner drove to the train station with his daughter, Meghann, and her fiance, Sean Ziegler, who were visiting from Denver.
“I think it needs to be restored,” Klaserner said, shading his eyes.
“There are so many beautiful abandoned buildings in Detroit that people just don’t see. There is so much potential.”