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GM Leaving RenCen, Originally Conceived By Henry Ford II

Over the past few years, Ford has been busy remaking its various office spaces around the Dearborn area, selling certain pieces of real estate like Regent Court while demolishing others to make way for new facilities, such as the Ford Product Development Center – all while revamping the historic Michigan Central Station and turning it into a massive mobility hub. Regardless, Ford’s world headquarters remains intact and in use, though that won’t be the case much longer for its chief cross-town rival General Motors, according to GM Authority.

Rather, GM has confirmed that it plans to leave its current global headquarters – Renaissance Center – though in all fairness, it hasn’t been there quite as long as many might think. In fact, GM just moved into RenCen in 1996, and now, it’s set to make its fourth such move since setting up in Detroit way back in 1911 at the original Woodward Avenue location. Now, GM plans to move its operations once again – this time, in 2025 – to Hudson’s Detroit (pictured above), though it will explore redevelopment opportunities  for RenCen with the development firm Bedrock, regardless.

“We are proud to remain in the city of Detroit in a modern office building that fits the evolving needs of our workforce, right in the heart of downtown,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Our new headquarters will provide collaboration areas for our teams, executive offices and display space for our vehicles. Dan Gilbert and Bedrock have done so much to make downtown Detroit a great place to live, work and visit. We are thrilled to be a significant part of the historic Hudson’s project and also look forward to working with them to explore new ideas and opportunities for the Renaissance Center site and the riverfront.”

What’s particularly interesting about RenCen, however, is that the original idea for that site came from Henry Ford II back in 1971, who was chairman of FoMoCo at that time. The project was spearheaded by architect John Portman and was originally owned by a 49-member partnership, which was led by Ford II, too. The original structure opened in 1977, and currently consists of seven towers – of which GM owns five.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous 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. Dave Mathers

    I was at the 75th Anniversary of Ford in 1977 held in the new Ren Center. We walked from there to Cobo Hall for a concert by Ella Fitzgerald and there were Detroit cops every ten feet along the route!! How times have changed.


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