(Dave Battagello – Windsor Star)
The Canadian government has dedicated $25 million in its recent budget to start buying property in Delray [a neighborhood located on the southwest side of Detroit] for the new Detroit River bridge, while U.S. federal administrators debate the size and scope of the customs plaza, Canada’s Consul General Roy Norton said Wednesday.
The long-awaited downriver Detroit River International Crossing project is underway following Washington’s approval six weeks ago of a presidential permit, Norton told a gathering of the Michigan District Council of the Urban Land Institute who were in Windsor for a tour of the new $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway.
“They (U.S. officials) are getting their ducks in a row on what they need for a customs plaza — and that correlates on how much they are willing to spend,” he said. “Some feel they need the earth, moon and stars and others are saying that costs more than they are willing to pay. We expect within months that will be sorted out.” Read more here.
Date: May 23, 2013