Residents Suing Ambassador Bridge Owner

Written by Adelle Loiselle file photo of a boarded up home next to the Ambassador Bridge. file photo of a boarded up home next to the Ambassador Bridge.

Two residents living in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge have filed a $10-million lawsuit over the state of the neighbourhood.

The residents live on Indian Rd. and Rosedale Ave., where 112 homes owned by the Canadian Transit Company have been boarded up over the past decade. The suit, filed by lawyers at Sutts Strosberg LLP, alleges the company has allowed their neighbourhood to fall into such disrepair that property values have fallen precipitously, and they can no longer enjoy their homes.

While lawyer Bill Sasso says the claim for compensatory damages is not the largest, the case is unique for the amount of punitive damages it seeks against the company that owns the Ambassador Bridge. “What the Canadian Transit Company has done is try to change the character of this neighbourhood from a residential neighbourhood to one that has other industrial or commercial operations such as the second bridge that it planned.” The Canadian Transit Company has never received approval for a second span over the Detroit River.

Lawyer Bill Sasso says it is not about money. “People from this area I don’t believe have given up and are not abandoning this as a slum. The people are bringing this lawsuit in the hope and belief that they can improve the neighbourhood and compel the Canadian Transit Company to take steps to improve the neighbourhood.”