People's Platform NEWS
Vol. 23, MLK Day 2023
I-375 Project plans to resurrect Black Bottom - Northpoint’s AMC HQ Project - Disability Justice Activists Resist Transdev Contract for Paratransit - Transit Justice Team Successfully Passes the DDOT Bill of Rights - Next Round for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Detroit Housing Justice Advocates WIN Right to Counsel - District Detroit: Another Bad Deal? - Get Involved: The People’s Budget 2024 - How the call for racial solidarity collides with racial justice in majority Black Detroit
Northpoint’s AMC HQ Project
District 7 residents are still seeking commitments from Northpoint Development to ensure environmental justice around the AMC project where construction operations will add ~868 diesel trucks and ~1,294 passenger cars to this community per day for two years or more. The community is asking for Northpoint Development to provide:
“Funding for programming to support the installation of HVAC filters and HVAC system replacements and upgrades to improve indoor air quality and filter out pollutants in homes of residents who live in “High Exposure Zones around the project.” and “To support the most at-risk residents, design the program to include window upgrades and replacements for all homes with window air infiltration leaks.”
On 6/20/22, 6/28/22, 8/1/22, and 8/22/22,9/30/22, and 10/18/22 AMC Impacted residents sent letters to the City of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Northpoint Development, and the Michigan Strategic Fund Board respectively asking to secure: A comprehensive, environmental, health impact assessment and report; and use the information provided in the environmental and health assessment(s) to guide requirements for off-site mitigation and ultimately ensure environmental justice.
When Northpoint failed to provide an environmental and health impact analysis, residents completed research independently, using as much data at their disposal to outline the appropriate environmental mitigations for AMC (based on the extent and magnitude of the proposed industrial construction operations) in one of District 7’s most health-vulnerable residential communities.
Diesel pollution has disproportionate impacts for Detroiters, with Detroit’s air quality being rated one of the dirtiest in the nation by the American Lung Association in 2021 and 2022. Furthermore, the State of Michigan has no laws to protect its residents from hazardous diesel pollution. More than 100 AMC Impacted residents have signed petitions demanding that AMC/Northpoint Developers provide funding for HVAC system filters, system upgrades, and window seals for homes located in High Exposure Zones.
So far, both Councilwoman Mary Waters and the District 7 Community Advisory Council have committed to uplifting resident demands at AMC. But they need your help to make these demands heard at City Hall.
Support your neighbors at AMC by contacting our elected representatives to demand environmental justice for families, children, seniors, and health vulnerable residents who live around the project:
Call D7 Council Member Fred Durhal. Demand HVAC system air filters for homes in High Exposure Zones 313-224-2151
Call Council Member At-Large Coleman Young II. Demand HVAC system air filters for homes in High Exposure Zones 313-224-4248
Call Council Member At-Large Mary Waters to ask that she keep her commitment to securing air filters for homes in High-Exposure Zones 313-628-2363
Contact the District 7 Community Advisory Council (CAC) and attend their meetings – the last Thursday of each month at 6pm at DABO – to ask that they keep their written commitment to uplift and advocate for environmental justice concerns at AMC.
Send an email to email@example.com to get more information or to demand air filters and environmental justice for residents who live in high exposure zones.
“Residents in High-Exposure Zones need funding from Northpoint Development for programming to support the installation of high efficiency furnace filters, HVAC system filters, and/or HVAC system upgrades to improve indoor air quality and filter out pollutants from houses located in “High Exposure Zones.
Residents also ask that Northpoint Development support the most at-risk residents by designing the air filtration program to include window upgrades and replacements for all homes with window holes or air infiltration leaks.”
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