DETROIT — A U.S. Judge has ordered the demolition of a newly constructed duty free store and gas pumps on the Detroit side of the Ambassador Bridge.
According to local media, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentice Edwards ruled that the structures were illegally built on city owned property and Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has 21 days to find a contractor and oversee the demolition.
The International Bridge Company has not decided whether or not they will appeal the decision.
Moroun is no stranger to the courtroom or bouts with the government. Most recently, the bridge company teamed up with environmental advocacy group the Sierra Club to get a judicial review of the Detroit River International Crossing’s (DRIC) plan to build a new bridge spanning Windsor and Detroit.
The request, which challenges DRIC’s assessment that there are no significant environmental impacts to building a new bridge and a 10 km truck bypass road in southwest Windsor — were filed in court on New Year’s Eve and seek an interim injunction blocking any construction related to the project.
The bridge company, which at the same time is competing to build its own twin span of the existing Ambassador, argues that DRIC’s environmental assessment was flawed.
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