- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Boxing great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns says he wants to open gym at part of the former Packard auto factory complex in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1kPHMjM ) Hearns visited the site Friday to meet with Fernando Palazuelo, who owns most of the blighted complex.

Hearns says they’re “still talking” about the idea but “we’ll definitely plan to put a gym in there.” He says plans are in the preliminary stages, but he would like to have classes there for casual or fitness-only boxers, as well as serious training for competition-bound fighters.

Palazuelo wants to redevelop the complex with apartments, retail, light industrial operations and artist studios.

The plant was built in 1903. The last Packard automobile was built there in the mid-1950s. Smaller industrial businesses used it afterward.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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