Fighting For Henry Ford's Legacy (VIDEO)

By Dave Leval
By Rachel Martin

July 21, 2013 Updated Jul 21, 2013 at 8:09 PM EST

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (www.incnow.tv) – October marks the 100th Anniversary of the moving assembly line, which changed the way production takes place around the world, including GM's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant.

For the invention's 100th Anniversary, there's an effort to create new life in the building where Henry Ford came up with his revolutionary idea.

"It's the global significance of being the birthplace of the industrial mass production. It changed the world." That's why Debra Schutt is helping lead the effort to save it.

"It" is this abandoned four story building on Woodward Avenue in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park. Henry Ford housed his offices here. What makes the building significant is this is where Ford came up with his moving assembly line when Ford built the Model-T.

"This is what we're about. This is what innovation, creativity, we're still there. We want to make sure we tell the world,” said Schutt.

The building is already a national landmark, but Schutt, and the rest of the Woodward Avenue Action Association see a new use it for it. The building has been closed since the 1960's, but, it could re-open for business as a welcome center. It would resemble what you find when you visit a state park.

"This place will direct you to other places in the region to experience the automobile heritage story,” she said.

However, Schutt and others are dealing a major obstacle before they can start converting the old administration building, and the next door garage.

"Do you have $125,000?" asked Schutt—that's how much the Association needs to come up with in 60 days to receive matching state grants in order to buy the property. It will take another $7.5 million to renovate it. Some believe the $125,000 is a small price to pay to help preserve a piece of history that revolutionized the world.




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