Man says city of Detroit razed his fixer-upper

DETROIT (AP) - There are thousands of buildings that should be
demolished in Detroit. Eric Roslonski says his house wasn't one of
them.
Roslonski filed a lawsuit against the city Monday, more than two
years after a house he was restoring suddenly was destroyed.
He said he put more than $30,000 into the property on the east
side of Detroit after buying it for $7,000. One day in summer 2006,
he couldn't find 13405 Flanders.
"I drove up and down the street three times - where is my
house?" Roslonski said.
His lawyer, Jeffrey Dworin, said the house was taken off a
demolition list, then apparently reinstated without Roslonski's
knowledge.
"It happens," Dworin said.
A message seeking comment was left with the city's law
department, which was closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Monday.
Roslonski is suing Detroit for his losses under a federal civil
rights law. He fixed another house on the same street and sold it
for $85,000.
"I see all these boarded-up and burned-out houses. I'm trying
to make the city a better place," he said.

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