About Us

Working to ensure that the Delray/Southwest Detroit community receives protections and community benefits with the GHIB Bridge.

The Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition is a community-initiated organization with an elected community board that has been working on behalf of hundreds of residents and community stakeholders to identify the community’s needs for mutually beneficial development in exchange for hosting the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) project.

Southwest Detroit already hosts a number of transportation projects and heavy industries. As a result, residents bear many negative environmental burdens – including heavy truck traffic, illegal dumping, and air and noise pollution. The GHIB project has not adequately assessed specific impacts on the immediate community or the cumulative impacts that will result from adding another large transportation development to the area.
The $2.1 billion project could be a pivotal project to bring economic growth to the region and redevelopment to the host community of Delray. Successful projects around the country have invested 5-15% of total project costs in their host communities, compared to 1.2% proposed for the GHIB. 

 

About the Bridge

The Gordie Howe Bridge will have a 165-acre Customs Area located in central Delray between Post Street and Campbell. The I-75 Service Drive will be widened on the north side from Clark to Springwells; the first one to three houses from the Service Drive on those streets are being bought out for project. Near Livernois and Campbell, 30-foot elevated ramps will cross over the highway for trucks and cars to enter customs.

The bridge developer will be hired by Canada and Michigan at the end of 2017. Initial steps toward construction would begin mid 2018 and bridge construction is estimated to take 5 years.

It is estimated that truck traffic will more than double.

Our Project History

Formal plans for the development of a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor began in 2001 with the formation of the Border Transportation Partnership, and preliminary engagement with the community. Based on recommendations of the Partnership, a Local Advisory Council was convened almost monthly beginning in 2005.

In spring of 2008, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released, outlining predicted social, environmental, and economic costs of the project. It did not mention community benefits. Following its release, the Community Benefits Coalition convened elected its first board.

In 2009 and 2010, Delray and Southwest Detroit residents attended multiple Michigan State House and Senate hearings, demanding that the terms of the new bridge’s construction include a community benefits agreement (CBA). In 2010, the Michigan Legislature barred further funds from being allocated to the project, and communication with the community ended abruptly.

In 2012, the U.S.-Canada Crossing Agreement established that Canada would fully fund the project, and paved the way for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which was first composed in the summer of 2014. By the fall, Canada purchased the first batch of vacant parcels in Delray that fell within the project footprint. Through efforts of the CBC, Detroit City Council allocated 50% of these funds directly for use in the effected community.

In June 2015, the relocation process began for the approximately 800 residents in the project footprint. As of June 2017, about half of these residents have relocated.

The developer will be hired by Canada and Michigan at the end of 2017. Initial steps toward construction would begin mid 2018 and bridge construction is estimated to take 5 years.

Get in Touch

Feel free to reach out with any questions, partnerships, or media inquiries.

Call Us: (313) 446-2456