Dimitri Hegemann, the owner of Berlin’s legendary Tresor venue, has been talking for years about transforming one of Detroit’s deserted warehouses into a techno club that would connect the two cities, and things are moving in the right direction. The developers of the Packard Plant Project, which will contain the nightclub, have announced that “work has begun.”

Resident Advisor reports that the sprawling former factory was purchased back in 2013, as part of a grand plan for a $350 million renovation that will include living and work spaces, as well as retail, industry and artistic components. Hegemann was brought on board to develop a nightclub space within the converted industrial complex, in the fashion that he pioneered in Berlin.

“The former Packard Motor Company plant in Detroit is one of the most recognizable symbols of the decline of the city’s once vibrant auto industry,” the site’s developers say, announcing that that qualified teams are on the ground and development has begun.

“While some look at the Packard plant and see decay and ruin, we see an opportunity to revive a great name and be a part of the revival of America’s greatest city.”

However, being able to actually party at Hegemann’s club is still a while off. Construction is set for the fourth phase of the renovation, scheduled for 2018.

Stay tuned for news, and check the Packard Plant Project site for more information.

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