Alton demolished building before it had title, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Aug. 25, 2010, 10:40am

A company claims the city of Alton destroyed its belongings when it demolished a duplex housing the property.

Van Alen filed a lawsuit Aug. 16 in Madison County Circuit Court against the city of Alton.

Van Alen claims it attempted to purchase a vacant building at 913-915 Humbolt Ct. in Alton, but had difficulties in securing the title.

Despite the fact that it had not yet been declared owner of the property, Van Alen began storing some of its belongings in the duplex, according to the complaint.

When the city decided to demolish the duplex on May 3, Van Alen's property and building materials were also destroyed, the suit states.

Van Alen blames Alton for causing its damages, saying the city failed to inspect the property to discover Van Alen's materials and should have known that certain belongings in the property were personal.

In its complaint, Van Alen seeks a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Lon D. Weaver of Bethalto will be representing it.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-851.

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