Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

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RogerDetroit
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Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by RogerDetroit » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:13 pm

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local ... lapse-detroit/2660893002/

More here: https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/article ... rd-plant-bridge-collapses

This is NOT good.

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https://www.crainsdetroit.com/news/pack ... o-readmore

The Packard Plant bridge over East Grand Boulevard in Detroit collapsed around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Joseph Kopietz, a member of Detroit-based Clark Hill's real estate group representing the 3.5 million-square-foot plant's owner, confirmed the collapse to Crain's Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Wednesday, according to Kopietz, some on-site construction crews reported bricks were falling from the bridge that crosses Grand Boulevard as part of the sprawling, blighted factory campus on Detroit's east side.
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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by flyingk15 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:17 pm

Hemmings did a story this morning. It's a huge symbol of Packard that is now lost to history. I wanted to visit the Packard ruins just to drive under this bridge.
Oh well, back to the 37 starter rebuild.

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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by RogerDetroit » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:26 pm

Wanted to update you guys on the bridge collapse. East Grand Boulevard has been cleaned up and open to what little traffic there now is there.

Meanwhile, in Saturday's Detroit Free Press they reported that Arte Express is 3 years behind in their real estate taxes and subject to a tax foreclosure sale. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local ... detroit-taxes/2686758002/

Article is not clear if they are also behind in paying City of Detroit taxes.

Attached is an aerial image of the bridge taken last summer. Shows the roof is missing over the area of where the collapse took place. This was not caused by scrappers, rather (IMHO) that end of the bridge has been open to the elements for years and between the collection of rain water in the summer and freeze/thaw cycles in the winter it caused the steel structure to rust and crumble away - neglected of maintenance.
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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by Howard56 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:21 pm

In the above photo is it the building facing Grand Ave and those toward the top of photo the part Detroit controls or the buildings below Grand and the bridge that are adjacent to Bellevue the city part?

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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by Dave Czirr » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:24 pm

Hi Roger, thanks for the update.

A question, perhaps it's the same question Howard was getting at. Was the collapsed roof of the bridge on the Arte Express end or the Detroit City end?

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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by Stuart R. Blond » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:42 pm

It looks the hole in the roof was on the north side, which would make it on the Arte Express side.

A few years ago there was a lady who was a higher-up in the Arte Express business (general manager or some such). She was a guest speaker at a PAC National Meet banquet, in which she told about the progress then being made at 1580 E. Grand Blvd. She "left her position" last year (no details were given, at least none that I read about). Maybe she saw the writing on the wall (or the hole in the roof....)?

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Re: Historic Packard Bridge Collapses Onto EGB

Post by RogerDetroit » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:01 am

Hello Dave, Howard and Stuart:
Yes, the hole in the roof is over the north (or Arte Express) side of the bridge. You can see from the ground level image that the south side was pulled down, but actually never collapsed into the street. IMPO, the most corrosion took place on the north side because of the missing roof.

Stuart, you are thinking of Kari Smith, Director of Development and executive assistant to Fernando Palazuelo. Yes she did resign shortly after i saw her in early July 2018 at the PMCC Plant. https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/2 ... or-resigns . While she has not updated her LinkedIn page, one local did report that she opened up a retail store in New Orleans and may have left for personal reasons. FWIW, she did go to college at Loyola. Or she may have seen the handwriting on the wall as she had access to all of the financials.
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