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Andylinn
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Post Number: 100
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 68.40.195.233
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 1:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, it is well known that there are a lot of illegal dumps in the city. It is also well known that there are a lot of illegal dumps in abandoned buildings. This can and does include vehicles...

However, while strolling by/through the Packard plant the other day I saw the strangest thing... There were many boats on the first floor of the building, and even an RV... However, on the SECOND floor, at least 14 feet from ground level, there were TWO boats... on racks... At least semi neatly arranged... I figured they must have been placed there BEFORE the freight elevators were shut off (1950s? 1960s?) however... they had licenses from 1984. Does anyone know anything about this that I don't? How the hell did these boats get up there? I found these boats VERY curious and have been pondering this for a while now...

.andy.
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Smogboy
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Post Number: 3246
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Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 1:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wasn't the second floor leased out to a paintball gamers group a few years back and some of those boats used as shields on the play arena??
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Andylinn
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Post Number: 101
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Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 2:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

hey, i think you actually might be right...
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56packman
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Post Number: 421
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Posted From: 65.185.132.134
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 2:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

what area of the complx are you refering to? If you go through the iron gates (where the COD pays a "guard" to sit in a car 24/7)and proceed straight back from the gate there is a large door on your right. that door has a ramp that will take you up all five stories of that section of the plant. I have taken a big duallie pickup pulling a trailer (with a car inside) up that ramp, so a boat would be no big deal. The paintball geeks were on the fifth floor.
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Detroit313
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Post Number: 96
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 12.45.2.184
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Who owns the Packard Plant. And wouldn't it seem like a cash-cow if they had a bunch of games going on in the place. i.e. paint ball games, movies for a dollar, archade, roller blades in the winter, ice hockey, tennis, basketball courts, golf, batting cages, go-carting. the possibilities are endless. Why is it not being used. Is the U.S. Government secretly forcing the city to keep it up because of a possible impending war with China and the N.Korean's and may need to reopen the plant to build anti-billistic missiles? 313
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Dougw
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Posted From: 68.252.124.43
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 3:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've actually played paintball in the Packard Plant... this would have been around 1991. (before I lived in Detroit or even knew that it was originally the Packard Plant)
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Bussey
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Post Number: 182
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 70.227.206.148
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 4:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

their is a vehicle ramp near the old paintball area. This is where you would park for paintball...on the roof. And thi sis how the boats got up to the second floor. You dont need freight elevators when you have a ramp.

The Packard is wonderful
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Mauser765
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Post Number: 847
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Posted From: 4.229.117.152
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 5:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Splatball City was the name of the paintball course.
It was in a section of the building that was attacked by wrecking crews in one of the Citys attempts to demolish parts of the structure. There are still a million unsplattered paintballs up there, and obstacle courses with hay bales and makeshift dwellings to hide in and around.
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Mauser765
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Post Number: 848
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Posted From: 4.229.114.82
Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 5:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

boats

Heres yer boats

ramp

Heres the car ramp on the northern end of the plant..

sign

Heres one of the Splattball City signs -uh, added onto by Turtle..

c1

Heres a couple shots of the courses..

c2

ball

an unexpended "round"

munch

One of the section of Splattball City that was munched by the wrecking crew.

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56packman
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Post Number: 423
Registered: 12-2005
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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 12:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The plant is owned by the city of Detroit, who should not be allowed to own anything larger than a 1,000 sq. ft. house. The state of Michigan GAVE the title to the COD after receiving it in a property tax lein seizure. The owner paid the back taxes, and the state GAVE the title to the building to the city of Detroit, instead of back to the rightful, paid-up owner. The city now keeps someone "on watch" at the plant 24/7, during whose watch more wanton vandalisim has taken place that any other time in history. I would love to see an expose on this in the local papers. It's a very juicy story, whith implications that go up high, in many places.
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Andylinn
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Post Number: 103
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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 12:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

packman, i agree with you 100%. the "security" there is a crock. as i was leaving, i saw a uniformed guard talking into his shirt (aka calling for cops) and pointing at me... but he didn't SAY anything... i simply drove off... I would NEVER dream of damaging a building, I simply love the beauty within, and love photography. the horrific damage within is sickening... the entire place is FILLED with broken glass... senseless desecration of beauty. .andy.
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Paulmcall
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Post Number: 741
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Posted From: 68.40.119.216
Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 8:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Unfortunately, more parts of the city are like this than not.
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Gravitymachine
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Post Number: 1137
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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 8:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sounds like the plant was used for boat/car storage at one time and some of the property was abandoned. I highly doubt illegal dumpers would take the time to organize their mess :-)
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Paulj
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Post Number: 394
Registered: 12-2003
Posted From: 68.248.72.4
Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was a syst3m party back in the ramp part of the plant, I still have a free t-shirt in a memory box somewheres... Most of the parties were held in a section of the building closer to Grand Blvd, but that syst3m party will always stick out in my mind due to the massive scale of the room it was in. a couple thousand folks and the place was less than 1/4th full.


anyone have any pictures of the party venues in there?> A frind of mine went exploring & said theres still many artifacts from the late 90s in there... oh what i'd do for one more walk down memory lane.....
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Spacemonkey
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Post Number: 49
Registered: 03-2006
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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I played paintball there as well. I went to a few 'art crowd' parties at the plant in the past too, where some dudes rented art space. But I thought the Packard Plant was completely leveled by now. Wasn't that the plan?
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56packman
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Post Number: 425
Registered: 12-2005
Posted From: 129.9.163.234
Posted on Monday, June 26, 2006 - 11:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Spacemonkey--that was one man's evil plan, and due to several improper actions on his behalf, it has not taken place.
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Etxray
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Post Number: 2
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Posted From: 208.15.41.226
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 2:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That porton of the plant was divided into seprate storage units. My father had the unit on the gound floor next to the ramp, then on the second floor directly above. Many people stored vintage autos and boats in that area.

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