Man Claims County Demolished His Building

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A Kansas City, Kansas, man has filed a lawsuit against Wyandotte County and a wrecking company because he says they destroyed a building he owned and planned to turn into apartments.

Albert Munoz, a mechanic and construction worker, bought the two story building at the corner of Osage and Ninth St. in Kansas City, Kan., hoping to renovate it and turn the upstairs into apartments and use the lower level for his business. Munoz says he invested a lot of time and $400,000 into the building.

In February 2011, while he was on vacation in Mexico, Munoz says the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Midland Wrecking Company destroyed the building, and his dreams along with it.

"I couldn't believe it. I was sweating. My face was sweating," he said.

Munoz says the county and the wrecking company first knocked down a building next door to his, but during the demolition, the wrecking ball broke through a wall to his building. He says within days, his building crumbled.

"None of us wanted to even tell him, because we knew, that was his dreams,"  said Veronica Munoz.

Munoz also claims that before the destruction, someone cut off a heavy chain that secured the building and stole $6,000 worth of equipment he needs for his business.

FOX 4's Robert Townsend tried to get Wyandotte County to comment on what happened to Munoz' building, but Jody Boeding, Wyandotte County Legal Dept., issued the following statement:

"We have not seen the lawsuit or been made aware of the allegations as of today, and cannot comment."

The owner of Midland Wrecking Company also said he could not comment because he had not seen the lawsuit.

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