The rendering is of the new Mack Avenue Assembly Complex once FCA invests $1.6 billion to convert the two plants into the future assembly site. FCA to invest $1.6 billion to convert the current Mack Avenue Engine Complex into a vehicle assembly plant for production of the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and an all-new 3-row full-size SUV along with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models.





Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs along with RAM trucks are stored at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. FCA has announced plans to build a new full size Jeep SUV at the proposed factory on the city's far eastside. FCA also said it would make an investment at Jefferson North Assembly Plant to retool and modernize the factory for continued production of the Dodge Durango and light duty pickups. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

  Duggan, FCA announce plans for new plant, 5K local jobs by 2020, but environmental impact questions loom

By Aaron Best
Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Mark Stewart, COO, North America, FCA announced on Tuesday February 26, 2019 a $4.5 billion plan to build the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in almost three decades. This would mean an opportunity to increase the local workforce by over 5000 jobs.

The new Mack Avenue Assembly Complex will be located at the corner of St Jean St. and Mack Avenue on Detroit's far eastside where it will manufacture an all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV, creating 3,850 new jobs. There will also be a $900 million investment at Jefferson North, adjacent to the new proposed facility, to retool and update it for continued production of Dodge Durango and next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee with 1,100 new jobs expected.

The City of Detroit signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) that could see the Company making the single largest investment in its U.S. manufacturing operations since 2009 to construct an all-new assembly plant within the city limits.

“This opportunity is unlike anything we have seen in decades, and it’s going to be crucial that we come together in the interest of our city and our residents” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Over the next two months, we will be out in the neighborhoods every day working with the residents to make this happen for our city. Most importantly, we’re going to bring these jobs to Detroit without displacing a single resident.” (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)

However questions loom over the environmental impact this project could bring onto residents who live nearby. A massive development like this will surely bring challenges to manage air quality, water pollution and possible property damage.

Potential health issues could be another factor to consider, especially with small children who already struggle with asthma and the elderly with  respiratory distresses. They can also be affected by airborne dust which may contain harmful carcinogens.

With proper attention given to the environmental concerns, the City of Detroit and FCA can make this project a win win for government, corporation and community.




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