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July 15, 2017

Members of Detroit City Council
2 Woodward Avenue, 13th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226

Dear Members of Detroit City Council:
We write to express our full and continuing support of the Delray and Southwest Detroit
community and their efforts to ensure all residences, businesses and places of worship impacted
by the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project are treated equitably and respectfully.
Specifically, we ask that you support the resolutions and agreements presented to the Council
between the State of Michigan and City of Detroit related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge
In November 2015, the Community Advisory Group (CAG) presented the Windsor-Detroit
Bridge Authority (WDBA) with the “Gordie Howe International Bridge – Community Benefits
Request”, a comprehensive document which we support, itemizing the important community
concerns as well as potential solutions or mitigation strategies.1 We encourage cooperation and
coordination on the part of the WDBA, State of Michigan, and City of Detroit with the CAG to
address each documented request.
We believe the border should be a seamless and consistent travel experience on both sides
of the Detroit River. We encourage the Project to use the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway as the
standard for how the Project should be built in Detroit – including similar buffering around
residents, landscaping and connectivity. We are committed to continuous advocacy to ensure that
the public health, safety, and quality of life of Delray and Southwest Detroit residents are protected
and enhanced.
As you know, the agreement involves the transfer of roadways and land between the city
and State of Michigan and this is a critical step toward construction of the bridge. The City of
Detroit will receive funds from the State in exchange for the land and use of the roadways. The
City has expressed their commitment to the CAG for using those funds for the following benefits
for the community:2
1) Health and Emissions Monitoring - Health Impact Assessments to be conducted before
construction, a year before opening, and year after the bridge is operational; two new permanent

 Link to summary of asks provided by the CAG to the WDBA: 
 City of Detroit June 23, 2017 press release regarding agreement:
air quality monitors; a mobile monitoring unit; and 70 indoor air quality monitors for homes ($2.4
2) Job training and placement program for all Detroiters - Five year program to fill bridge
construction and operations jobs and broadly support other city jobs programs ($10 million)
3) Connectivity across I-75 – New access to CHASS clinic from the north side of I-75 will be
ensured, separated pedestrian crossings to increase safety from trucks, and many other
4) Neighborhood Improvement Fund ($32.6 million)
- Voluntary relocation of Delray and Southwest residents adjacent to the bridge footprint –
The “Bridging Neighborhoods” Program will be designed with the Community Advisory
Group and will offer home owners optional relocation to other Detroit neighborhoods
- Noise and pollution abatement - Home retrofits for residents living closest to I-75 service
5) The community retains right to negotiate other community benefits directly with the entity
selected to design, build and maintain the bridge

Please support the resolutions and agreements presented to the Council between the
State of Michigan and City of Detroit related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge
Project. While there remain other community benefits that are important, we have additional
opportunities to advocate for them and are very encouraged by this progress to address some of
the primary needs that the community has discussed for more than a decade. We believe the
agreements outlined above will dramatically help to address the health, quality of life, and
economic situation of residents.
We are anxious for the employment and economic benefits the Gordie Howe International
Bridge will provide to our region. Equally as important, we solidly support those families and
individuals whose lives will be fundamentally and permanently changed by the placement of a
new international bridge in the midst of their community. We look forward to your responsible
stewardship of the Project and encourage you to stay in communication with the Community
Advisory Group to ensure full resolution of the various public health, jobs, safety, and quality of
life issues as we continue to advocate to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, Canada, and State
of Michigan.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

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