Possible Land Deal for US-Canada Bridge Delayed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- A proposal has been delayed to transfer 301 Detroit-owned properties to the Michigan Land Bank in exchange for $1.4 million from the Canadian government as part of plans for a $2 billion international commuter bridge.

A special Detroit City Council session was scheduled Monday morning. The Detroit Free Press reports, however, that Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr's office has agreed to delay consideration of such an agreement until September.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada have agreed to build the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The bridge's Detroit footprint would be on the city's southwest side. Officials say they hope to open the bridge in 2020.

The project is opposed by the owner of the existing Ambassador Bridge.
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