'We can't stop them': Dilkens says homes near Ambassador bridge will soon be demolished

The boarded up vacant properties owned by the Canadian Transit Company along Indian Road could begin to be demolished as early as Tuesday, after the city received requests for demolition permits from the company.

The first of three proposed demolition phases in the area should begin soon

A boarded up home on Indian Road (By Dale Molnar/CBC News)

The dilapidated properties owned by the Canadian Transit Company in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge could start being demolished as early as Tuesday, according to City of Windsor officials.

The city has received requests for demolition permits from the company to tear down 33 vacant homes in the Indian Road area. This is the first part of three proposed phases of demolition in that area. 

"We can't stop them," said Mayor Drew Dilkens following council Monday. "The federal government has told the Ambassador Bridge that they must take those homes down and so they're complying with the order of the federal government."

The federal government granted the bridge company a permit Sept. 6 which would allow it to begin construction of a new span upon meeting certain conditions, including demolition of the derelict properties. 

The city has spent millions of dollars over several years fighting the bridge company's attempts to raze the homes.

Dilkens said the permits would be issued as soon as inspections are completed and the proper utility locates are finished.

Dilkens said he anticipates work could begin in "days or weeks."

A city council memo said the permits would be available starting Tuesday Oct. 3.