The new home of the QLINE opened its doors this week in the North End with a grand opening ceremony touting the streetcars transformational impact. The event brought together project supporters, partners, elected officials and community members including M-1 RAIL Chairman of the Board, Roger Penske, Mayor Mike Duggan, Councilwoman Mary Sheffield, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Wayne County CEO Warren Evans among many others. The 19,000 sq. ft. facility will house the M-1 RAIL administrative staff and function as the maintenance and operations center for the QLINE streetcar vehicles.
Roger Penske, honored as part of the ceremony, touted the transformational impact of the QLINE. “A decade ago as we prepared for Super Bowl, we were boarding up buildings in this area,” said Penske. “Today Woodward Avenue is becoming one of the most successful and vibrant corridors in our state and much of that has to do with this project.”
The Penske Tech Center was designed and constructed by Detroit-based Turner Construction after a thorough community feedback and involvement process to ensure the facility fit the character of the neighborhood. Residents helped select landscaping, bricks and fencing for the building. The Penske Tech Center will operate completely off-wire, the first facility of its kind anywhere in the United States. Consistent with M-1 RAIL’s commitment to supporting Detroit-based businesses and residents, 35% of project work hours went to Detroit residents and 65% to minority workers.