Ambassador Bridge to Continue Green Corridor Plans Despite Windsor City Council Ruling

    WINDSOR, Ontario, June 13 /CNW/ -- Despite the decision by City Council
Monday evening to delay the demolition of six houses that the Ambassador
Bridge owns on the east side of Indian Road, the company has pledged to
continue with its plans to work with the Green Corridor to improve the
landscape and lifestyle of the Windsor community.
    "The City Council made a bad decision last evening," said Dan Stamper,
president of the Ambassador Bridge.  "While they stated their concern for the
potential archeological significance of the area, they failed to recognize the
benefits that the green buffer area would provide for the neighbourhood and
surrounding area."
    Throughout the construction, the Bridge has employed a licensed
archaeologist under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Pearce of The Ontario
Museum of Archaeology as a consultant on the archaeological significance of
the area.  Dr. Norm Becker, local engineer and heritage specialist, also
testified last evening that the six houses had no heritage or architectural
importance to the community.
    Despite approving demolition of four similar houses on the east side of
Indian Road just two years ago, Council denied the Bridge's request for
demolition. However, two councilors did have the wisdom and courage to support
improving the local community and the green buffer area by voting in favour.
    The Bridge had hoped to use the space for landscaping adjacent to the new
customs booths under construction just west of the current Bridge.  The
company is working with the University of Windsor and the Green Corridor on a
master plan to landscape the Huron Church Road area to improve Windsor's
    "Our goal is to improve the international crossing that is viewed by the
9.4 million cars and trucks each year that use the Ambassador Bridge.
Regrettably council's decision will delay the development of the green buffer
area adjacent to the newly expanded customs plaza," added Stamper. "We will
continue to work with the Green Corridor, the University of Windsor and other
community partners that are interested in improving the area."

    About Ambassador Bridge
    Built in 1929, the Ambassador Bridge stands between Detroit, Michigan and
Windsor, Ontario as a link between the two countries.  It is privately owned
by the Detroit International Bridge Company and the Canadian Transit Company.
The owners believe in the development and wellness of the local community
where their business is operated and have supported local organizations
including Hospice, the Windsor Symphony, and the University of Windsor.

    MEDIA CONTACT:    Colleen Robar, 313.331.8544 office,

    313.207.5960 cell or

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For further information: Colleen Robar, +1-313-331-8544, or cell, 
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