Bedrock Real Estate was caught once again installing surveillance cameras on downtown properties without permission. Motor City Muckraker reported Sunday that the Dan Gilbert-owned real estate company installed a transmitter and security camera on the building of restaurant icon American Coney Island.
When owner Grace Keros discovered the equipment Friday afternoon she confronted representatives from the company that included "a top executive, pickup truck, golf cart, and aerial lift," according to reporter Steve Neavling. "You don't fucking own me," Keros said. "I want this off my building."
When Neavling asked about the surveillance installations, Bedrock Property Manager Ron Gresens responded, "I don't know what you are talking about . . . It's none of your business."
This isn't the first time, Bedrock has been caught installing equipment without permission. In February, Chris Jaszczak of 1515 Broadway told Eater that Bedrock trespassed and installed cameras on Jaszczak's building and the adjacent Detroit Beer Company. "I was upstairs working and I hear the unmistakable sound of a drill on my back wall," he said. "Our objection wasn't to the cameras so much as . . . you just don't appropriate other people's property."
Update, 04/28, 8:09 a.m.: Bedrock Real Estate denies trespassing and installing surveillance equipment on properties in downtown Detroit and calls the Motor City Muckraker report false in a statement to The Detroit News.
The camera and transmitter were installed by the former Compuware Corp., not Bedrock, Ketai said. Bedrock removed the camera and transmitter at Keros' request because of work being performed on the building. Neavling acknowledged in a Detroit News interview that the camera was installed by Compuware, but he says Keros told him that the camera was being used by Bedrock without her knowledge. Bedrock officials said Monday they were not sure if the camera was being used as part of their security system.
Neither Grace Keros nor employees from American Coney Island were willing to comment for the story.