The city of Detroit has a lot of problems… Just this week it had quite the little snafu with the electric service, and crime, particularly arson, continues to ravage much of the struggling city. We’ve talked about Detroit’s problems with abandoned buildings a lot, but we haven’t talked much about a good solution. Until now. One man hopes to save at least one giant abandoned Detroit eyesore with the wonderful power of techno music.

Meet Dimitri Hegemann. Apparently, he’s quite the big deal in the European techno music scene, having founded the “famous” Tresor techno club in Berlin in the basement of a former department store. (It’s since been relocated to a renovated electrical power plant.) Hegemann is also a big fan of “Detroit Techno,” and wants to help the American city he loves so much buy opening a techno nightclub in the abandoned Fisher Body Plant #21.

Hegemann told the Detroit Free Press all about his big ideas for the crumbling 6-story building currently covered in graffiti after touring it with other visitors this week and wants to tell anyone who will listen more about his plan this coming Saturday (December 6th) from 4-6pm at Trinosophes.

There he’ll be telling you all about how they used abandoned spaces to transform Berlin as well as his plans for repurposing the Fisher Body Plant No. 21.

To be honest, it wouldn’t be the first time the Fisher Plant was repurposed. First used to produce auto bodies, the plant served as a soup kitchen and shelter during the Great Depression, an assembly plant for airplanes during WWII, and a limo production plant for Cadillac after the war before totally going dark in the 1980s. Today, it’s owned by the city.

But a techno nightclub isn’t Hegemann’s only vision for the space... The Detroit Free Press says:

Detroit's Fisher Body Plant No. 21 could be viewed as a hopeless eyesore. But Hegemann, founder of the world-renowned Tresor club and record label, sees in it potential for a nonprofit arts venue and techno nightclub with authentic industrial grit — and perhaps a co-working space, youth hostel and a pop-up restaurant.

Hegemann said he is not in Detroit to make money. He said he believes that his Fisher Body Plant project could help elevate the city's arts and cultural scene, attract more visitors and give a boost to the economy, similar to what happened in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

"The main intention is to bring more people to Detroit," he said. "The whole thing for me will be an art piece. Maybe it takes 10 years."

So maybe, just maybe, Hegemann can help Detroit dance its way to solvency.

via Bold Ride


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