HIGHLAND PARK -- A community development organization wants to open Ford Motor Co.'s former Highland Park plant for tours and renovate part of the historic site as a visitor's center for Detroit-area auto tourism.
The Woodward Avenue Action Association is moving forward with plans to buy part of the complex, which churned out millions of Model Ts in the 1910s and 1920s and was designed by noted architect Albert Kahn.
The plant in the Detroit enclave was home to the moving assembly line that revolutionized the auto industry. Dearborn-based Ford sold the complex decades ago.
The association is working to raise about $800,000 for the purchase and estimates the renovation could cost nearly $8 million. The plant is in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "This Place Matters" contest.