Community residents in southwest Detroit will release a proposal tomorrow for improvements to the community’s existing truck and freight facilities and a rerouting of truck traffic that would reduce the impacts of diesel exhaust on area residents. The Michigan Department of Transportation, which favors a massive new intermodal freight terminal and 16,000 additional diesel trucks a day into the community, is being pressured by residents and local elected officials to withdraw its controversial proposal. Information below.
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FOR PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY, DEC. 5 313-842-0986 ext. 26
Maria Elena Rodriguez
Community Plan Unveiled Thursday
Press Conference To Highlight Southwest Detroit’s Vision
At 11 a.m. Thursday December 5 community, political and business leaders will hold a press conference at the site of the new La Plaza Mercado shopping center on West Vernor to release detailed, graphically displayed plans for improving the 300-acre Junction Yard freight terminal and the surrounding area. The Community Plan for Improving Junction Yard is being unveiled by the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), Communities for a Better Rail Alternative (CBRA), Mexicantown Community Development Corporation, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Corktown Citizens District Council and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The community plan, including truck route improvements, greenways and other pedestrian-friendly landscaping, was developed over the past year by local residents working closely with expert planners and architects. The proposal covers an area from Livernois Avenue in Detroit to Wyoming Avenue in Dearborn and will be presented to U.S. Reps Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, John Conyers and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for consideration in connection with the proposed Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal project now being studied by MDOT.
Who: Developer Sam Yono, La Plaza Mercado
Maria Elena Rodriguez, Mexicantown Community
Karen Kavanaugh, SDBA and CBRA
Kathryn Savoie, ACCESS and CBRA
What: Release of Community Plan for Improving Junction Yard
When: 11 a.m. Thursday, December 5
Where: La Plaza Mercado, West Vernor and Lansing, southwest Detroit
David Holtz, Media Coordinator