Detroit Council member digs in heels on final phase of land swap with Morouns

October 24, 2021, 7:30 AM

The deal was announced more than five years ago, by then-first term Mayor Mike Duggan: The Moroun organization would give $3 million in cash and land for a four-acre parcel of city-owned land under the proposed span of a new Ambassador Bridge. They need the parcel to complete their vision for a second bridge, which would run parallel to the old one.

Ambassador Bridge (Photo: Michael Lucido)

The city planned to use the money to demolish a building and fund the rebuild of Riverside Park. But as the final cash installment of $2 million is set to arrive, 6th District Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López is saying: Not so fast. In a Zoom committee hearing last week, Castañeda-López -- whose district abuts the bridge -- raised objections to the deal.

WDIV reports:

“It’s the same concerns about truck traffic activity, air quality issues, sound pollution etc. The lack of engagement and the lack of being good corporate neighbors,” said Castañeda-López.

She does have some support as a long line of Detroiters joined her in speaking out against the deal.

If there's a delay, it could thwart the completion of the new Riverside Park, said Bradley Dick, who oversees the project for the city. 

Read more:  WDIV

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