Want To Buy Half A Tunnel? Crossing May Be Among Detroit Assets For Sale

DETROIT (WWJ) – Among Detroit’s assets that could be on the table in bankruptcy … the city’s half of the Detroit Windsor tunnel.

WWJ’s Sandra McNeill reports that the cities of Detroit and Windsor each own 50 percent of the tunnel.

The international underwater crossing is the second busiest in the nation.

“I think the tunnel is … the half of the tunnel is in play,” said former Detroit City Council member Shelia Cockrel.

In 2008, when Cockrel was a member of city council, then Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick proposed selling Detroit’s share off for about $65 million dollars.

Cockrel says she didn’t like the idea then because she didn’t trust Kilpatrick’s figures.

But now it appears that Cockrel is viewing the sale in a new light.

“My personal belief is that city government should focus on providing the core services that make a viable city – owning a tunnel is not a core service of a city,” she said. “How do we monetize the value to help provide the core services?”

In 2012, Cockrel spoke to WWJ’s Charlie Langton about the culture of victimization and entitlement being a real fight on the road to getting Detroit back on track …


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