RACER Trust, the firm that manages the historic 5-million square-foot Willow Run assembly plant in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan may motion to have the facility demolished, aside from a 175,000-square-foot section that could be reserved for the Yankee Air Museum across the street, according to The Detroit Free Press. The facility once built transmissions for General Motors, lasting only year after the bankruptcy.
In order for the Yankee Air Museum to secure the space, it must raise $6 million in funds for the transaction, which currently holds a deadline of August 1st. Meanwhile, the fate of the rest of the facility seems to be sealed, as RACER has not been satisfied with the response the facility’s had on the market. The 332-acre property has been marketed as an opportunity for aerospace, defense, port logistics and manufacturing, but so far the only a 23,000-square-foot portion has been sold to an aircraft maintenance firm, which plans to add 25 jobs. One of the biggest drawbacks of the facility is that it’s far from modern, with even wooden blocks making up portions of the floor.
Before General Motors purchased the plant in the 1950s, it was originally built by Henry Ford to make B-24 bombers during World War II and later sold to GM, but has been empty since GM closed it in December 2010.