Brickbat: Bringing the House Down


Michigan state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo wants to know who tore down a house she owns in Detroit. "It's a hole in the ground," she said. "It's clean. It was a professional company. It has an orange barricade around the big hole in the ground." City officials say they didn't tear the house down, and they didn't issue a permit to any private party to tear it down. The house next door was torn down months ago by the Adamo Group, one of the largest contractors in the city's demolition program. Adamo Group has torn down the wrong house at least once before. The company says it did not tear down Gay-Dagnogo's house, but city officials say that is under investigation. Adamo Group has torn down 3,397 houses for the city, earning more than $56 million for that work, according the Detroit Free Press.

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  1. Gay-Dagnogo purchased the house last year through her nonprofit, Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education. Assessor records show the nonprofit purchased the house for $1,000 on July 25, 2018, from the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

    She’ll settle with the city for a nice profit and this scam will be complete.

    1. Gay-Dagnogo purchased the home last year for $1,000 through her nonprofit, Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education, with plans to rehab the property for a needy family. She had until Oct. 14 to bring it into compliance.

      Gay-Dagnogo told the Freep she only learned the house had been torn down when her neighbor alerted her last week. The neighbor left her home for several hours and noticed Gay-Dagnogo’s house was gone by the time she came back.

      1. Gay-Dagnogo said they elected to continue with their plans to rehab the property.

        “Only to find out it was gone,” she said. “It wasn’t supposed to be torn down. My house was still standing; my house was boarded. We were waiting to get an assessment of what it would cost to restore it.”

        If it was torn down Sept 30 and they hadn’t even gotten an estimate to restore it yet, I highly doubt they would have had it in compliance y Oct 14 anyway

        1. Someone forgot to burn it down last October 30th

  2. Ok, but have they found Hoffa yet ?

    1. He’s still head of the teamsters.

  3. The picture is a record of her legislative accomplishments.
    I suspect the house was asset forfeited for the crime of being a tax dollar sponge.

  4. I think there was a song about this.

    Hold tight! Wait till the party’s over.
    Hold tight! We’re in for nasty weather.
    There has got to be a way.
    Tearing down the house.

    1. It’s burning down the house, which is also a Detroit past time.

  5. Take a look at the house. The big bad wolf could have blown it down.

  6. What’s with the stock photo of a hole in the ground. Can’t be more than 4 feet across.

  7. There is an update. The house was torn down by a contractor she had asked for a quote for demolition. She failed to disclose that information to police.

    The only real issue is whether or not she gave them the go-ahead.

  8. Judging from the picture of the house, she could just say thank you when you consider someone just saved her $25k or more in demolition, permits, and fees.

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