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State Rep. wants answers after home renovation project in Detroit is mysteriously demolished

Posted at 11:26 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 17:43:18-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A State Representative is trying to figure out why and how her home was demolished with no record of it and no one coming forward with answers. Now, Detroit police are investigating this as a criminal matter.

It was supposed to be a home renovation project for State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, but there is just one problem – now there’s no home. It’s gone and here’s nothing left but a big hole and a lot of questions.

"How could this happen, with no one knowing," said State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnono.

The State Rep's home used to be on the 14,000 block of Minock on Detroit’s west side.

"A community group indicated to me via text the property isn’t there," she said. "I said, 'what do you mean?' They actually said it’s gone."

She purchased the home for$1,000 in 2018. She says she invested at least $42,000 dollars in renovations.

"We had a new roof, new windows, new doors, new storm doors, new siding – you name it," Gay-Dagnono said.

The plan was that once the home was completely renovated the State Rep wanted to do something good for the community with it.

"One of our goals was to give it to a family in need at Christmas time," she said. "We were also looking at possibilities of having somewhere for veterans to go, who are often left without anywhere to go."

Detroit Building Authority is also looking into what happened. They sent 7 Action News a statement that reads, in part: "The demolition of this property was not ordered, directed or funded by the City. At this time we are actively investigating to see if we can help determine who was responsible."

"No one knows how this happened and if this happened to your average citizen would they get the support," Gay-Dagnono said.

Detroit Spokesperson John Roach says the city did demolish a home next to the State Rep's house two months ago. That home was damaged by fire.

"What do we need to do differently to make sure departments are interfacing with each other so that something like this could never ever, ever happen without us knowing how it happened," Gay-Dagnono said.

The State Rep added that she will be meeting with the city council at 10 a.m. Tuesday to try and get to the bottom of this mess.