Historic Detroit Church Coming Down For Gordie Howe Bridge

Construction for the Gordie Howe International Bridge means an historic Detroit church needs to come down.

The First Latin American Baptist Church has called West Ford Street home since 1906.

The new bridge spanning the Detroit River needs the land, so the congregation is on the move to a new location in southwest Detroit.

Despite the move, the Michigan Department of Transportation is suing for the land as part of more than 120 other suits against property owners to get land needed for the bridge.

The property is the latest piece of the puzzle for the new bridge after a major roughly $49-million land purchase of the Delray neighbourhood in the Motor City.

About $33-million of the figure will go to a neighbourhood improvement fund.

In June, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority said the bridge project is on schedule and could see supporting structures go up in 2018.