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Ford Regent Court Building Being Torn Down: Photos

Since it began renovating the historic Michigan Central Station site and transforming it into a future mobility hub, Ford has also been busy buying up adjacent properties in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit as well – even an old church. The automaker wants to use a portion of this campus to house a hotel and even celebrated the recent opening of the very first wireless charging road in the world near Michigan Central, but at the same time, another, older building owned by the automaker – Ford Regent Court – has been in a bit of a limbo after it was purchased by Dearborn Heights businessman Mike Shehadi back in November 2022. Now, Ford Regent Court is in the process of being torn down, as we can see in these photos taken by Ford Authority.

As Ford Authority previously reported, Shehadi originally planned on transforming the site and 34 acres of surrounding land into mixed office, residential, and commercial space, though he also hoped to keep the historic building itself intact. However, upon closer inspection, it just didn’t make financial sense to do so. “We’re excited that it’s coming down because we tried every possible way to see if we could convert it to residential and unfortunately, the cost, the numbers didn’t add up,” Shehadi stated back in November.

Shortly thereafter, the demolition of Ford Regent Court began as workers started razing the 670,000-square-foot office building. Now, Shehadi will invest a total of $50 million in the property to create a mixed-use redevelopment spanning 57 acres, including land that he previously owned nearby. It will include both townhouses and commercial space, though no specific tenants have been revealed as of yet.

Demolition was previously expected to be completed by late December at the site, which was used as office space by Ford from 1990 to 2022. However, as we can see here, that process is still underway, giving us one last glimpse at the building before it makes way for new construction.

We’ll have more on all of Ford’s real estate soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Paul

    Just an update to the above story, Regent Court opened in 1993. I worked on the telecom portion for Aneritech.


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