Beaumont man seeks TRO to stop demolition of house

Kelly Holleran Feb. 27, 2012, 3:34pm

A Beaumont man claims he faces the prospect of losing his home because it is scheduled for demolition. He is pinning his restoration hopes on a requested court order.

Frank Flores filed a lawsuit Feb. 23 in Jefferson County District Court against the city of Beaumont.

In his complaint, Flores alleges he purchased property at 2694 Houston St. in Beaumont on Feb. 8 with the intention of remodeling it.

However, when Flores went to Beaumont's building permit department in an attempt to secure the necessary permits for his planned work, he learned of the city's intent to demolish the house, according to the complaint.

"The city permit officials do not have the discretion or authority to override the city's prior decision to demolish the house," the suit states.

The only way Flores will be able to perform his sought-after repairs is if the court prohibits the city from demolishing his property, the complaint says.

In his complaint, Flores seeks a temporary restraining order that would prevent the city from demolishing his property, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

Mel W. Shelander of Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D192-003

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