HISTORIC STUDIO WHERE MANY STARS RECORDED BEING SAVED

A Detroit music studio where stars such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis recorded has been bought by the state – to preserve the building during a freeway project.

Michigan’s Transportation department says United Sound Systems will be relocated to an adjacent parking lot – to allow more distance from proposed retaining walls along Interstate 94.

The studio produced the first single for the Tamla Records label – which later became Berry Gordy’s Motown Records. It closed in the mid-2000s and was targeted for demolition in 2013 – under a plan to widen the highway.

The state spent $1.7 million from the freeway project’s right-of-way funds for the building, lot and studio equipment.

The building will remain inside a historical district – and officials say they will work to sell it after it’s moved.

Michael Kramer

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