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CIVIL-MINDED EFFORTS OF STATE'S LEADING MORTICIAN THWARTED BY THE CITY OF DETROIT WRECKING CREW

 CIVIL-MINDED EFFORTS OF STATE'S LEADING MORTICIAN
 THWARTED BY THE CITY OF DETROIT WRECKING CREW
 DETROIT, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by New National Publishing Co.:
 The civic-minded efforts of O'Neil Swanson, owner of Michigan's largest mortuary business and last month's recipient of "The Man of the Year" award to revitalize and aid Detroit's shrinking economy received a serious setback when his fledgling business building project was recklessly demolished by the city contractors.
 At a time when so many businesses are abandoning the city, Swanson was in the process of restoring the shell of an abandoned car wash at 7303 Mack to employ Detroit residents.
 The restoration process was tedious for Swanson, who acquired the property from a bankrupt estate and expended thousands to stabilize the past business operation for transformation, reboarding windows and doorways several times and even hiring security guards to protect the premises formerly known as Alvito's Car Wash from vandals during the rebuilding.
 The demolition of the building resulted in damages to Swanson in excess of $150,000 to replace the razed structure and a loss of prospective employment for jobless Detroiters.
 In order to remedy this matter, Swanson has filed a suit against the City of Detroit by his attorney Gregory J. Reed for replacement costs.
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 /CONTACT: New National Publishing Co., 313-961-3580/ CO: ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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