The appearance of interstate highways and the increase in travel by car and airplane led to fewer people taking trains. In 1985, the station handled only 82,408 pbadengers. That figure fell to 64,097 a year later.
Great Lakes World Trade Center purchased the station and office tower in 1985 and developers planned to convert it along with some adjacent real estate into offices, shopping centers and parks that would attract development. The federal government withdrew a $ 3.25 million grant in 1987 because not enough renovations were being made and the station closed the following year.
After its closure, anything valuable was stolen or destroyed and the building became a popular place for squatters. vagabonds and urban explorers.