State Lawmaker's Rehab Project In Detroit Mysteriously Demolished

WWJ News
October 01, 2019 - 9:02 am

photo: WWJ/Vickie Thomas

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Who demolished a state lawmaker's rehab project in Detroit?

Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo says the home was torn down two weeks ago without notice to her or her nonprofit group, Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education.

Gay-Dagnogo didn't live in the home on Minock Street, near Evergreen Road and Lyndon, but planned to fix it up and make it available to a needy family by Christmas. She noticed the west side home had been torn down when she went to work on some projects there.

All that's left is a hole in the ground.

"The house was in fact not there," Gay Dagnogo told WWJ's Vickie Thomas. "We've been speaking with city officials, different department heads -- no one has been able to give us any information to date."

Detroit officials say the demolition was "not ordered, directed or funded by the city." Detroit Building Authority Director Tyrone Clifton added that no permits for demolition on the property were approved.

Adamo Group, which has demolished more than 3,000 homes for the city, says it had no role in tearing down the house, which was purchased last year for $1,000 from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Gay-Dagnogo is hoping to get some answers during a Detroit City Council meeting Tuesday morning.

"The mayor has expressed he's going to fully investigate, and I've met with the Detroit police department," she said.

The mystery remains under investigation.