Detroit—Sept. 8, 2015—With the Gordie Howe International Bridge opening up a new supply route across the U.S.-Canadian border and expanses of mostly vacant land sitting idle, the state is researching a $1.6-billion plan to transform Detroit into the logistics capital of the Midwest, perhaps in the same way Silicon Valley is known for its high-tech industries and startups.
The plan recommends using 1,000 acres in southwest Detroit and near the Coleman A. Young International Airport—widely known as City Airport—to create a special logistics district. The plan also includes redeveloping the Delray neighborhood by the river between downtown and the coming new bridge.
The idea is to create such grand facilities and slates of services, including warehousing, and loading and unloading cargo, that any corporation, shipping company or other delivery business would choose Detroit as its gateway to and from the Midwest and parts of Canada.
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