Beaumont man gets TRO to stop house demolition

David Yates Jul. 23, 2008, 6:36am

1715 McFaddin St.

Hoping to rehabilitate a dilapidated house on McFaddin Street before the city of Beaumont can bulldoze it, Wesley Schlett sought and received a temporary restraining order against the city.

Judge Donald Floyd of the 172nd Judicial District signed the restraining order July 18. An injunction hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 1.

In his lawsuit and request for the restraining order, Schlett says he is not seeking damages from the city, and only wants to prevent the city from demolishing a house in disrepair located at 1715 McFaddin St.

Court papers show the city sent out a letter of notice, but Schlett claims he did not receive the letter on time and was unable to attend a Beaumont City Council hearing "because of other business interest," which are "not due to any intentional neglect or discourtesy to defendant."

"Mr. Schlett has been informed of the defendant's intentions and although contractual obligations and financing arrangements have been made, this building is still scheduled for demolition," the lawsuit says.

"Mr. Schlett has attempted to obtain an extension of time to renovate this structure, but his request has been denied by the defendant. Mr. Schlett believes that he will be able to satisfy the city's requirements and needs only a reasonable amount of time."

The Jefferson County Appraisal District has valuated the property at $41,000.

"The building is scheduled to be demolished and if done would drastically reduce the value of plaintiff's property," the lawsuit says. "Plaintiff would suffer the loss of all of his investment and savings with regards to this property."

Schlett is represented by attorney Donald Boudreaux.

Case No. E182-081

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