Day 1 of Michigan Central Station clean out

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Day 1 of Michigan Central Station clean out

Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:42 pm

Today June 30th was day 1...Today we tackled the beast and to be quite honest we got a lot accomplished in the 3 and a half hours we were there. About 50 volunteers showed up, 3/4's of which were highschoolers from Summer In The City, the rest were from a Facebook group and from savemichigancentral.com The first task was a safety briefing from Ambassador Bridge Company representatives, we were told where to go and where not to go. They brought lots of buckets, shovels, brooms, hardhats, gloves, facemasks, and eye protection. They also brought three dumpsters which were put in the carriage entrance on the west side of the building.

Walter, one of the representatives, also pointed out where the company had recently beefed up security in the building; effectively making the common way of sneaking into the building virtually impossible by adding reinforced steel bars to the concourse ramps at six foot intervals three or four times...it was impressive...

Anyway what was accomplished today was a very good clean up of debris in the concourse area...where those waiting for a train would arrive or go to purchase an item from the snack shop or near the restaurant. The floor was very well swept and the kids had to have filled nearly a ton of debris in their buckets: tera cotta, bricks, lots and lots of dirt and dust, metal, and trash...

Upstairs where I was sort of in charge of we cleaned out the west stairwell leading to the mezzanine, had to make it safe to bring out the buckets;) Cleaned the first corridor past the Pullman Co. offices, the notary, and the postal services old offices. The great thing is since the floors were covered by an almost 4 inch caking of dirt they were surprisingly very intact; very little cracking, and almost no holes. We then rounded the corner and got more than 3/4's down that hallway swept out and cleaned out. John, the man in charge, myself and another guy started tackling the Pullman Co. office, tearing out the rotted floorboards, and shoveling up the soil that had formed over the years...hence some of the vegetation that had grown in.

That was just day one, and this is going to be an all summer project, or at least where summer in the city is concerned.

For all the bad things that have been said about The Ambassador Bridge company for all the bad dealings they've done with the bridge, they've actually surprised me by showing they're into our effort and are helping us every step of the way. It also should be noted, the exterior deterioration was not the result of Mouron and his company. Infact the gentleman who owned the station prior to ABC (who purchased the station for $1) left it wide open with no fencing, there's a photo from 1993 that shows the exterior looking very similar to how it looks today. Since the city and the canadian railroad company are in dispute as to who owns the former underground baggage claim/post office (where most urban explorers enter from) the building did fall victim to looters...while you can condemn ABC for not doing a better job of securing the interior, the City Of Detroit seems to own most of the blame.

From talking to the representatives who were there today it seems like progress is finally being made on Saving Detroit's Michigan Central Station =)


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Postby susanarosa » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:47 pm

Why wouldn't they be receptive? They're getting volunteer labor to clean their place for free.
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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:54 pm

Oh yeah I hear you, the good thing is they made it easy for us. They provided all the buckets, the dumpsters, the supplies, they bought us food and were very accessible. Obviously they're trying to make their public image look better and as far as this project goes it is working. But hey it's progress which is definitely a plus because any progress is good for the city
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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:55 pm

For all the bad things that have been said about The Ambassador Bridge company for all the bad dealings they've done with the bridge, they've actually surprised me by showing they're into our effort and are helping us every step of the way. It also should be noted, the exterior deterioration was not the result of Mouron and his company. Infact the gentleman who owned the station prior to ABC (who purchased the station for $1) left it wide open with no fencing, there's a photo from 1993 that shows the exterior looking very similar to how it looks today. Since the city and the canadian railroad company are in dispute as to who owns the former underground baggage claim/post office (where most urban explorers enter from) the building did fall victim to looters...while you can condemn ABC for not doing a better job of securing the interior, the City Of Detroit seems to own most of the blame.


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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:57 pm

I'm not sure if I should actually take that with a sense of sarcasm...I'm not from the area, I only know the community and the city is angry about the company's crap with the second bridge and other junk like that.
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Postby Amadeus » Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:59 pm

mcsdetroitfriend wrote:Oh yeah I hear you, the good thing is they made it easy for us. They provided all the buckets, the dumpsters, the supplies, they bought us food and were very accessible. Obviously they're trying to make their public image look better and as far as this project goes it is working. But hey it's progress which is definitely a plus because any progress is good for the city


Any sort of liability waiver form for you all to sign? I'd hate to see one of you injured on the "job," especially any of those foolish enough to wear shorts and regular tennis shoes.
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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:03 pm

Summer in the City has liability insurance for the whole project which is the main reason ABC agreed to the project. They kept us on the lower levels mostly for that reason, myself and some of the other older crew members took to the more dangerous portions of the mezzanine to make cleaning out the rooms easier; tearing up floor boards etc.
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Postby susanarosa » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:06 pm

There really is a sucker born every minute.

I'm sure the kids parents are thrilled you posted their pictures online as well.
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Re: Day 1 of Michigan Central Station clean out

Postby wolf » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:06 pm

mcsdetroitfriend wrote:For all the bad things that have been said about The Ambassador Bridge company for all the bad dealings they've done with the bridge, they've actually surprised me by showing they're into our effort and are helping us every step of the way. It also should be noted, the exterior deterioration was not the result of Mouron and his company. Infact the gentleman who owned the station prior to ABC (who purchased the station for $1) left it wide open with no fencing, there's a photo from 1993 that shows the exterior looking very similar to how it looks today. Since the city and the canadian railroad company are in dispute as to who owns the former underground baggage claim/post office (where most urban explorers enter from) the building did fall victim to looters...while you can condemn ABC for not doing a better job of securing the interior, the City Of Detroit seems to own most of the blame.

Cross-post to Dick-Sucking Post Du Jour, Hot Fudge Head In The Sand, Matty's Bitches, and Detroit Spin. I think that about covers it.
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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:08 pm

Ha no sucker, everything here I've taken with a grain of salt, this is still the trying out period, everyone is weary of failure but optimism is nice and I am optimistic about this. Starting next week through august Tuesday - Friday there will be volunteers in the building filling dumpsters.
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Re: Day 1 of Michigan Central Station clean out

Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:09 pm

wolf wrote:
mcsdetroitfriend wrote:For all the bad things that have been said about The Ambassador Bridge company for all the bad dealings they've done with the bridge, they've actually surprised me by showing they're into our effort and are helping us every step of the way. It also should be noted, the exterior deterioration was not the result of Mouron and his company. Infact the gentleman who owned the station prior to ABC (who purchased the station for $1) left it wide open with no fencing, there's a photo from 1993 that shows the exterior looking very similar to how it looks today. Since the city and the canadian railroad company are in dispute as to who owns the former underground baggage claim/post office (where most urban explorers enter from) the building did fall victim to looters...while you can condemn ABC for not doing a better job of securing the interior, the City Of Detroit seems to own most of the blame.

Cross-post to Dick-Sucking Post Du Jour, Hot Fudge Head In The Sand, Matty's Bitches, and Detroit Spin. I think that about covers it.



It didn't help that their rep was a babe! Maybe I was distracted by her looks...very similar to Cassandra from Waynes World
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Re: Day 1 of Michigan Central Station clean out

Postby Mose Yoder » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:12 pm

mcsdetroitfriend wrote:
wolf wrote:
mcsdetroitfriend wrote:For all the bad things that have been said about The Ambassador Bridge company for all the bad dealings they've done with the bridge, they've actually surprised me by showing they're into our effort and are helping us every step of the way. It also should be noted, the exterior deterioration was not the result of Mouron and his company. Infact the gentleman who owned the station prior to ABC (who purchased the station for $1) left it wide open with no fencing, there's a photo from 1993 that shows the exterior looking very similar to how it looks today. Since the city and the canadian railroad company are in dispute as to who owns the former underground baggage claim/post office (where most urban explorers enter from) the building did fall victim to looters...while you can condemn ABC for not doing a better job of securing the interior, the City Of Detroit seems to own most of the blame.

Cross-post to Dick-Sucking Post Du Jour, Hot Fudge Head In The Sand, Matty's Bitches, and Detroit Spin. I think that about covers it.



It didn't help that their rep was a babe! Maybe I was distracted by her looks...very similar to Cassandra from Waynes World


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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:14 pm

I didn't take any photos yesterday but a lot of people brought cameras but so far those are the only ones that have been posted so far. But as more pop up I'll be posting them. I'm sure some got a photo of Jen. If not then I'll get a picture of her the next time I go. I'm sitting in the new North Terminal waiting to head to chicago then to Ireland for the week, but when I get back there will be some... I was impressed...though her title on her card is "Community Relations" so it makes sense they would get a hottie to handle community affairs
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Postby mcsdetroitfriend » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:20 pm



She looked a lot better in jeans and a t-shirt lol, never noticed her nose either oh well, still a lot better looking that what I expected when I was told "a representative from ABC would be there"
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