The Packard Plant's New Owner Hasn't Paid All Its Back Taxes Yet

With all this goodwill surrounding Detroit lately, it's time to check in with the dilapidated Packard Plant, purchased at auction last year. So how's it going over there? Eh, not as well as expected. » 7/11/14 10:16am 7/11/14 10:16am

Somebody Made A Film Dirt-Biking In The Packard Plant

I'll never understand the fascination with making documentaries in Detroit's abandoned structures instead of fixing them up and maybe providing shelter to the homeless or something, but to each their own. Here's a video of a guy dirt-biking through the old Packard. » 1/22/14 3:32pm 1/22/14 3:32pm

The Packard Plant's Third New Owner Wants To Build A Go-Kart Track

Could it be that Fernando Palazuelo, the third-place bidder on the ruined Packard Plant who ended up winning after a series of grand-scale fuck-ups, has been secretly reading comments on Jalopnik for the site's future? » 11/26/13 2:31pm 11/26/13 2:31pm

Second Bidder Loses Packard Plant, Peruvian Developer Is Next In Line

An ill-prepared Texas doctor and a shady Illinois businessman will not own the Packard Plant. A Peru-via-Spain developer with proven experience could own it by Monday, possibly ending yet another long, local nightmare here in Detroit. » 11/16/13 4:00pm 11/16/13 4:00pm

Bidder Who Won The Packard Plant Is Basically Paying With Sofa Change

It's still not looking promising for Bill Hults, who missed his first deadline to purchase the Packard Plant when he approached Wayne County about buying it and missed a second one when he won a bidding war by default when a crazy Texas doctor failed to come through. » 11/08/13 4:32pm 11/08/13 4:32pm

Half-Assed Attempts To Buy The Packard Plant Are Still Happening

If you're learning way more about property auctions than you ever needed to know by reading all of the recent Packard Plant news, you're not alone. After a Texas woman bailed on the wasteland, now its second-place bidder is having trouble paying up. » 10/31/13 1:48pm 10/31/13 1:48pm

This Texas woman might be batshit crazy, but Wayne County isn't. The county treasurer's office has canceled the sale of the Packard Plant to her "team of investors" and is now in talks with second- and third-place bidders. Including Bill Hults. » 10/30/13 12:58pm 10/30/13 12:58pm

Oh God, The Rich Texans Who Won The Packard Plant Sound Batshit Insane

You know how you prematurely get your hopes up for something and it all just falls to shit in a spectacular way? That's what's going on today with the apparent new ownership of the Packard Plant, which has no problem coughing up typo-ridden press releases but not a down payment. » 10/30/13 11:38am 10/30/13 11:38am

A Rich Texan Bought The Packard Plant [UPDATE]

What was once worth a measly $21,000 a few days ago just sold on the auction block for more than $6 million. The sadly vacant Packard Plant just fell into the hands of a Texas family doctor. » 10/28/13 11:07am 10/28/13 11:07am

People Are Taking Guided Tours Of The Terrifying Packard Plant

Layers of asbestos and the risk of severe head trauma from falling chunks of concrete be damned, gawkers from all over the world are hopping on charter buses to check out Detroit's second-most-famous ruin, the Packard Plant. » 10/24/13 9:49am 10/24/13 9:49am

The Cost Of The Packard Plant Is Now Less Than An Actual Packard

Uh-oh, the Illinois developer who told (tricked?) the media about his plans to redevelop the Packard Plant is now MIA. But fear not! If you've got $21,000 lying around, maybe you can pick up where he left off. » 9/27/13 3:34pm 9/27/13 3:34pm

Somebody's Crazy Enough To Want Detroit's Greatest Automotive Ruin

It's completely far-fetched and has a snowball's chance of materializing, but a Chicago developer is apparently willing to pony up nearly $1 million to purchase the Packard Plant site in Detroit, the city's #2 most-famous ruin porn star. » 7/18/13 8:55pm 7/18/13 8:55pm

Now You Too Can Buy A Shining Symbol Of Detroit Ruin

Have you ever wanted to possess your very own symbol of American decay? Something that says "we used to build a lot of cars, but now we build less of them?" A real fixer-upper? Well now you can, as the old Packard Plant in Detroit is coming up on the auction block, and the bidding starts at just $975,000. » 6/09/13 10:02am 6/09/13 10:02am

Meet Allan Hill, The Man Who Lives In Detroit's Abandoned Packard Auto…

Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of Detroit "ruin porn" is it inherently ignores the very real people who still live in the city. Now there's a convergence — the amazing story of Allan Hill, the man who legally lives inside the city's abandoned Packard Auto Plant. » 4/11/12 10:30am 4/11/12 10:30am

Transformers 3 Filming At Abandoned Detroit Auto Plant

Transformers 3 has taken up residence at Detroit's old Packard Plant, a return to the city so prominently featured in the series' first installment. Stationed outside the abandoned behemoth are giant guns, plane wreckage and phony jet engines. » 8/27/10 12:00pm 8/27/10 12:00pm

Dang Detroit Kids Push Abandoned Dump Truck Out Packard Plant Window

Remember the dump truck hanging out the side of the Packard Plant in our Feral Factories of Detroit story? Well, some kids decided it was time to push it over the edge. Check out the crashing-to-Earth result below. » 11/06/09 2:00pm 11/06/09 2:00pm

Abandoned Detroit Packard Auto Plant Catches Fire

Detroit's Packard Plant once built the finest automobiles in the world. It's been vacant for years. This spring, the security guards were finally pulled and as expected, looters pillaged it. Now the arsonists have moved in. Gallery below. » 6/29/09 5:30pm 6/29/09 5:30pm