By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Automotive Hall of Fame announced its plans to move from its current Dearborn location to Detroit during the organization’s induction ceremony July 21.
“The change in location aims to better reflect the city’s automotive history and to participate in Detroit’s revival” Automotive Hall of Fame President William Chapin said. “There’s a need for such a destination in downtown Detroit to focus on the industry’s history and future.”
Currently, the 25,000-square-foot building is next door to the Henry Ford Museum and several Ford Motor Co. properties.
The Automotive Hall of Fame was originally founded in New York City in 1939 before it moved to Washington, D.C., in 1960.
Another move came in 1971 to the now Northwood University in Midland where the first permanent building was built in 1975.
The need to be closer to Detroit moved the organization again, to it’s present location in Dearborn.
The organization is searching for a new location in downtown Detroit, with the hopes for a spot along Woodward Avenue.
Chapin said the Automotive Hall of Fame wants a new site with potential for “more than just a car museum.”
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