New Documentary Details Ford’s Plans For Corktown Campus


Ford Motor Company’s plans for a new campus in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood were featured in a new documentary on The HISTORY Channel that focuses on the rise and fall of Detroit and Michigan Central Station, the latter of which Ford intends to transform into the centerpiece of their new campus.


Ford announced their plans for a 1.2 million-square-foot campus in June, a campus that will be dedicated to the development of transportation technology of the future. The company’s two primary focuses at the campus will be the development of electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.


The campus will hold approximately 2,500 of Ford’s own employees along with 2,500 employees of Ford partners to allow for collaborative work. Three-quarters of the land will be dedicated to Ford innovation efforts, while about a quarter of it will be set aside for the community to allow for retail, residential and other community uses, Ford says.


“The Corktown campus is a place where Ford and its partners will work on autonomous and electric vehicle businesses, and design solutions for a new transportation operating system that makes mobility more convenient and accessible through smart, connected vehicles, roads, parking and public transit,” Ford said in a statement. “The remaining 300,000 square feet will serve as a mix of community and retail space, and residential housing. This project is supported by our strong partnership with state and local government officials.”


The documentary, titled Detroit Comeback City, can be viewed on The History Channel’s website. The trailer for it can be viewed here.
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