The Bridging Neighborhoods I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program offers home mitigations to address noise and air quality impacts from increased truck traffic related to the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project. Eligible homes may receive some or all of the following mitigations updated windows, updated HVAC systems, air filters, and insulation.
Homes eligible for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program:
- Are located in the yellow or green zones of the Bridging Neighborhoods Program map (within 300 feet of the expanded I-75 Service Drive). (link to map)
- Have not been acquired by the Michigan Department of Transporation to facilitate construction of the bridge.
The I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program will begin enrolling participants in late 2018. Notice will be sent to eligible homes and homeowners ahead of the enrollment period.
For more information about the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program, call the Bridging Neighborhoods office at 313-628-2231.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I'm eligible for this program, do I have to participate?
All programs are optional. It's your choice to participate.
Is there a fee to participate in the program?
No, there is no fee to participate in the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program.
Who will pay for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program renovations?
The City of Detroit will pay for renovations with funds received from an agreement with the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority and the State of Michigan.
What if I'm eligible for both the Home Swap program and the I-75 Environmental Mitigation program?
You will have the opportunity to participate in the program of your choice but only one program.
Who is eligible for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program?
A residential property owner is eligible for the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program if his or her home meets the following requirements:
- The home is located in the yellow or green zones on the map located here (within 300 feet of the expanded I-75 Service Drive).
- The home has not been acquired by the Michigan Departments of Transporation to facilitate construction of the bridge.
What upgrades are included in the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program renovation process?
The I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program upgrades will include some or all of the following: updated windows, updated HVAC systems, air filters, and insulation.
What forms of identification are acceptable?
We accept any form of valid United States issued photo identification, the Detroit ID, and any valid form of photo ID issued by governments outside the US.
What else is required to participate?
In order to receive improvements, a home must be up to date on its taxes and pass an initial safety inspection.
Landlord owned properties: Properties that are landlord owned will need to have received their Certificate of Compliance from the city in order to receive the improvements. This certificate will demonstrate tax and safety compliance.
Owner-Occupants: Properties that belong to owner-occupants will need to have their city taxes up to date and will have an initial safety assessment performed by BNP staff.
What happens after I have applied?
Following your application, you will be contacted by a Housing Consultant to confirm that your application has been received and let you know that the next steps will be. We will begin scheduling property assessments that will take place beginning in February. The final date to demonstrate tax compliance or provide Bridging Neighborhoods with a Certificate of Compliance will be 5/7/19. The first 40 applicants who are in tax compliance and whose home is program ready will receive improvements in 2019 with work beginning in August.
How long will retrofits take?
With the retrofits that we are planning, you will be able to stay in your home throughout the work. We expect it will take 1-2 days to complete the window retrofits and 1-2 days to complete the HVAC retrofits. It will only take 1 day for insulation to be installed.
Can I recommend contractors?
Yes, we are always looking to work with qualified contractors. Please have them reach out to us at our office.
Is there a cost to participate?
There is no cost due to the Bridging Neighborhoods to participate but you will need to be in tax compliance with the city and provide a safe working environment for our team and the contractors.
What improvements are provided in the I-75 Environmental Mitigation Program?
We will provide sound rated windows to mitigate against increased noise from traffic. For people living in the yellow area of this map that will mean windows rated at STC 36. For people living in the green area of this map, this will mean windows rated at STC 27. When placed within an appropriately sealed wall, these windows will provide increased sound attenuation for outdoor noise.
We will provide HVAC systems that come with a MERV 13 rated filter. This system will include central air so that the air filtration system can be operated throughout the year. The specific HVAC system that will be installed will depend on what is currently in your home.
If your questions are not answered here, you can contact the Bridging Neighborhoods team at (313) 628-2231 or via email at [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions about the Bridging Neighborhoods Home Swap program can be found here.