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What Should Happen to Ford Phoenix Plant?

Visions for Vacancies: Ford Phoenix Plant was built in 1922 and was a women's-only factory for Ford.

A building now used primarily for storage has years of history in the area.

The Phoenix Ford Plant at Northville Road, across from Phoenix Lake, was built in 1922 and was a women's-only factory that used to make electronic parts for Ford, according to our community historian Jim Salamary. 

Do you think this historic structure could be put toward better use? What would you like to see done with it?

Tell us in the comments.

dale mckinney December 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
It should be made into an Auto Garage where gear heads can rent bays to work on their own cars.
Miles Atkins December 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Is something actually going to be done with it, or is this hypothetical? In any case, they should split the top level into 500-800 sq ft workshops and rent to small businesses/machinists/carpenters, with rental auto bays on the lower level like dale says. We need something like Russell Industrial Center or Pony Ride out here.
R.P. McKenna December 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
There are probably numerous good ideas on how this building might be re-purposed for future use (s). Until and unless a funding mechanism is in place to finance a viable alternative use, any proposal regarding future plans for this site would seem to be day dreams at best.
deborah December 03, 2012 at 07:41 AM
I think what dale suggested is the best idea! I know we've been looking for a place to rent bays for a long time, and that would be ideal! Great idea, Dale
deborah December 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM
and RP, many things that become reality had to start somewhere as a dream or an idea. So although you are correct in saying that it's probably just a dream for now, that's the best way to get the ball rolling. Have an awesome day :)
Paul Schulz December 05, 2012 at 04:29 AM
That property provides a great place to add an Exit/On-Ramp for M-14. It has been discussed before to provide relief from 6 Mile/ 275 and M-14/Sheldon. It would be a great project that would benefit both the Plymouth, and Northville communities.
Miguel Cueto December 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
For the reason it was created, I think it can become a museum of the history of Ford, including photos of women who worked since 1922. I think it would be a source of income for the community.

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