Urbex Detroit Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant

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Urbex Detroit. Photos of Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant in Detroit, US. The former Uniroyal Tire plant on Jefferson Avenue is a good example of the hidden potential of Detroit. Demolished in 2013.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant

Detroit has been described by some as a ghost town. The city of Detroit has been going through abandonment issues since as early as the 1960s. Around 70,000 buildings, 31,000 homes, and 90,000 vacant lots all abandoned in Detroit.

Detroit has many abandoned factories, warehouses, churches, and hospitals, some are famous worldwide, such as the Northville State Hospital. Others less so, such as Detroit’s Motor Transportation Garage.

Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
The Morgan-Wright tire company in late 1900’s.

The former Uniroyal Tire plant on Jefferson Avenue is a good example of the hidden potential of Detroit.

The site was initially home to the Morgan and Wright Tire Company, which built its first plant there in 1905. The plant gradually expanded and was sold to US Tire in 1914, which later became US Rubber, and then Uniroyal.

Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Here, workers are making tires for the war effort. Late 1910’s.

Uniroyal struggled through the 70’s, and in January of 1980, announced that it was shutting down the Detroit plant and another one in Massachusetts. Contributing to the decision to shutter the Jefferson avenue plant was the piecemeal expansion that had taken place over several decades. “The basic structure of the facility imposes inherent high costs and makes modernization, efficient layout, and future expansion highly impractical.” 1700 employees lost their jobs.

In 1981 the city of Detroit bought the Uniroyal plant for $5M. Four years later the plant was demolished, opening up a vast stretch of attractive waterfront property, that came with a hitch: the site was heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals left over from tire production.

Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
The plant continued to grow in size through the 20’s.

From the mid-1980’s to the present, various plans for development have surfaced, only to be hobbled by the massive cleanup operation required to make the area habitable again. A 2004 partnership between the city and former football star Jerome Bettis to build as many as 2,000 residential units stalled after the economic downturn, but have recently been revived.

At a news conference in September of 2011, it was announced that cleanup work at the former Uniroyal site was beginning. While no dates have been set for construction on the site, it’s an important first step towards revitalizing an important stretch of Detroit’s waterfront.

Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
A worker on the assembly line in 1977.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant

The plant being demolished in 1985.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
The Uniroyal brownfield site is a very still area in a very busy part of the city.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Three major buildings remain
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
The southernmost buildings have both burned down. Here, barrels of non-toxic waste are storied.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
The building to the north is relatively intact.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Looking back at the two southern buildings.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant

Burned out remains of the taller building.
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant

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Detroit: Demolished Uniroyal Tire Plant
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