City of Detroit suspends contractors for demolishing wrong house

Posted at 3:40 PM, May 16, 2018

The City of Detroit is suspending a contracting company within its demolition program for tearing down the wrong house. 

Brian Farkas of Detroit Building Authority released a statement addressing the mishap saying, "Any time one of our demolition contractors commits a serious violation, we act immediately to address it."

In this case, Adamo Construction, the contractors in the Detroit demolition program, had mistakenly knocked down a Land Bank-owned house at 5792 Holcomb that was in the demolition pipeline but was not the house under contract for demolition. The property that should have been torn down was actually next door. 

"A violation of this nature is unacceptable and while we appreciate Adamo’s self-disclosing this violation to us, we have sent them a notice of violation," Farkas added. "If they do not challenge it within 7 days, Adamo will be suspended from the bidding process on all demolitions for the 90 days."