JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – A Jeffersonville man has filed suit against the city after he says they demolished his building while he was in a coma fighting for his life.
Glenn Muncy’s building say city officials tore down his old Tubby’s Pizza building located on Spring Street which is not too far from the foot of the Big Four Bridge.
After the building was demolished, the city created a gravel parking lot.
“It’s not right for a city or any individual to take a property, especially when they don’t know it,” Muncy said. “I was in Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville in a coma.”
Muncy was battling cancer when the demolition happened.
The WHAS11 I-Team went through city records on the property and found a letter from the building commissioner saying the building was an imminent danger and needed to be demolished immediately.
It’s unclear what engineer said the building needed to be brought down right away.
Muncy says he wanted the equipment inside the building because he planned to build a microbrewery.
He said the city of Jeffersonville has never compensated him for any of this and the personal family mementos he had inside.
“I’ve been sick and maybe they were hoping I’d die and go away,” Muncy explained. “They said the value was zero – go away, die old man because we think we can out live you because we are the city. I think that is exactly what happened,” Larry Wilder, who filed the suit on behalf of Muncy said.
The WHAS11 I-Team also talked to those from Schickel Masonry based in Floyd Knobs, Indiana.
Someone from their company was out at the building the day the city tore it down.
No one would comment publicly but say they never recommended immediate demolition and say the entire building didn’t have to be leveled.
“I worked hard in my life to see the city of Jeffersonville take it from me [and] it really hurts,” Muncy said.
Muncy says he still wants answers.
Just before he was ill, he turned the building over to his brother.
The city of Jeffersonville settled with his brother who also sued. Muncy says they haven’t settled with him for the micro brewing equipment and other items that were left inside.
The Jeffersonville Mayor and the city’s council have declined to comment on the case because of the pending litigation.