Contractor cleans up following WXYZ report

Posted at 6:33 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 18:33:50-04

A demolition contractor followed through on a promise to make things right after a 7 Action News report.

Roger St. Pierre watched as demolition contractors tore down the vacant house next door. It was March. 

A few weeks later, truck haulers arrived to fill in the hole in the ground. St. Pierre says, that’s when the trouble began. 

He was concerned about the type of dirt being used, the broken sidewalks and a load of clay that was dropped off on the lot and left behind, blocking the walk way.

After contacting the mayor’s office, city hall and the contractor with no results, St. Pierre got in touch with 7 Action News reporter Ronnie Dahl.

Dahl reached out to Able Demolition and was told a crew would be out Tuesday morning to make things right.  And they did.

Craig Fahle with the Detroit Land Bank Authority, which helps oversee the demolition program, tells 7 Action News that Able Demolition was paid just over $8,000 for the demolition work on Wormer Street. 

However, $1,000 was withheld until the grade with topsoil and seed was completed. 

The questionable dirt with clay is thought to be the work of an illegal dirt dumper.

If you have an issue with a city hired contractor working on house demolitions in your neighborhood, call 1-844-DET-DEMO.

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