Several plans to redevelop the airport have faltered. But a development group recently promised to start transforming the site into a metropolitan park starting in 2019, which will include residential areas, hotels, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, sports facilities, and more.
The Pripyat amusement park in Ukraine was meant to be opened on May 1, 1986, but opening day was canceled when the catastrophic nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, took place just a couple of miles away on April 26.
The 105-story hotel was meant to be one of the world's tallest structures, but when construction halted in the 1990s, reportedly due to engineering problems and a lack of funds, the Ryugyong became the world's tallest unoccupied building. It's about 1,082 feet tall and has cost an estimated $583.7 million to build.
"Wonderland" is an abandoned 120-acre amusement park 20 miles outside of Beijing that was never finished. Financial issues brought construction to a halt in 1998. In 2008, construction briefly resume, only to then stop again.
Half-finished, decrepit structures sat for years on the land that was meant to be the largest amusement park in all of Asia. In 2013, the majority of the park, including this medieval-looking fortress, was demolished.
The Haludovo Palace Hotel on the Croatian island of Krk was a high-end vacation destination in the 1970s and 80s. It was meant to be "a haven of extreme decadence for upscale vacationers on the Adriatic Sea," according to the Associated Press.
But after war broke out in Yugoslavia (a country that formerly encapsulated Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the 1990s and foreign tourists stopped coming, the hotel shut down. The formerly lavish resort remains empty today.
The Lee Plaza in Detroit was built in 1927 as a luxury apartment hotel featuring amenities that included a concierge and room service. The art-deco hotel faced many financial and legal problems over the years, especially during the Great Depression.
The once-luxurious hotel was closed in 1997 after it was converted to low-income senior housing. Since then, it has been left to deteriorate. But the city of Detroit is currently searching for developers to refurbish the historic site.
The city has rejected three bids in 2018 to redevelop the property and was accepting new proposals as of August. A $400,000 project is in progress in the meantime to clear window boarding and remove asbestos and lead.
But the building eventually became too expensive to maintain and shut down in 1990. According to Romania's Business Review, the casino's roof is in danger of collapsing due to corrosion and rusting to its structural metal parts from sea storms and windows, which have shattered the windows that face the sea.
The domes are supported by concrete pilings and were once interconnected to make a 2,4000-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home outfitted with solar panels and a cistern to collect rainwater.
The domes were once situated on the beach, but erosion has pushed them roughly 200 feet offshore. They've been abandoned since the early 2000s, as hurricane damage and renovation costs rendered the structures unlivable.
In August, Walt Disney World Resort announced that it is building a new hotel on the property with 900 rooms. Demolition and construction are underway and Disney’s new lakeside lodge is slated to open in 2022.