Detroit's Packard Plant Project Breaks Ground on New Techno Super Club
Across the world, Detroit is known by fans of electronic music as the birthplace of techno. Despite its economic hardships and skeletons from the manufacturing era, investors are putting money back into Detroit to bring life back to the musical city.
Spanish real-estate developer Fernando Palazuelo purchased the abandoned automobile factory which was originally constructed in 1911 before closing in 1958. For nearly 60 years, the sprawling factory space has been sitting unused, a frequent tourist spot for photographers and urban decay enthusiasts.
In 2011, Palazuelo purchased the massive complex with the intention to utilize the the plant's potential and to redevelop the property. With $350 million in investment, Palazuelo is looking to develop the property into a collaborative work space, recreation center, hostel, and techno club. Teaming up with Berlin's Dimitri Hegemann, the founder of famous techno label and nightclub Tresor, Palazuelo has plans to make The Packard Plant an international techno destination.
The project plan which was originally announced last August, broke ground this December as first crews began the plants first phase of development. The Packard Plant Project shared its announcement on December 21st simply saying that qualified teams were on the ground to begin development.
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Cover photo courtesy of Getty, Packard Plant photo courtesy of The Packard Plant Project
Cut my teeth with the Detroit techno scene before moving to Denver to see what the mountains have to offer.