First Funding Released To Windsor From Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan

Thursday March 5th, 2020

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The Gordie Howe International Bridge project has released the first released funding to four Community Benefits Plan initiatives totaling more than $475,000.

The funding will go towards two initiatives in Canada and two in the United States in the areas of aesthetics and landscaping, economic benefits and community partnerships.

In Windsor, the funding will go towards a community art project in Windsor, targeting youth involvement and reflecting history and culture of the community. Life After Fifty has received $20,000 to coordinate the project.

The City of Windsor received $250,000 to undertake an Environmental Assessment for the Ojibway Park – Black Oak Heritage Park Wildlife Eco-Passage. The $250,000 is part of a larger investment of $1.5 million in seed funding to be released to the City should the project proceed.

In the US, the first of three years of funding has been provided to Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) in the amount of $83,333 to launch Bridge to Prosperity, a new business development program that will provide support to Southwest Detroit small businesses and start-ups. SDBA will receive $250,000 in total over the three-year period to support the program.

The Fort-Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership also received $125,000 for the creation of a sculpture within the new Fort Street Bridge Park.

“Today marks another milestone in the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project with the advancement of key community benefits initiatives. WDBA remains committed to enhancing the Delray and Sandwich communities by working with our stakeholders to deliver a shared vision that will improve the areas for residents and businesses,” said Bryce Phillips, CEO, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

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