Dan Gilbert’s team trespasses, installs cameras on downtown buildings without permission

Bedrock installed this camera without permission from the building's owner, Chris . Photos by Steve Neavling.
Bedrock installed this camera without permission from the building’s owner, Chris Jaszczak. Photos by Steve Neavling.

Chris Jaszczak heard the high-pitched sound of a drill grinding into the brick wall of his coffee shop and black box theater in downtown Detroit. Buy nexium 20mg

After peeking into the alley behind his building at 1515 Broadway, Jaszczak was shocked when he saw someone installing a surveillance camera on his brick wall. Buy plavix 75mg

Another camera was installed without permission at Detroit Beer Company.
Another camera was installed without permission at Detroit Beer Company.

Turns out, employees for Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services were ordered to place surveillance cameras on the rear of 1515 Broadway and the Detroit Beer Company without gaining permission from the owners, who are angry about the discovery. Buy premarin 0.625mg

The cameras are among hundreds installed downtown by Bedrock in the past few years, sending live feeds to a secretive command center in Chase Tower where security guards keep an eye on the video 24/7.

“What gets me is the audacity to drill into my property without even asking,” Jaszczak said. “It’s not the cameras that bother me. It’s not having the courtesy to ask first.”

The devices are facing the alley near several buildings owned by Gilbert, including 1500 Woodward, the Madison and the Small Plates building, which sits between 1515 Broadway and the Detroit Beer Company.

Gilbert also has surveillance cameras inside the newsrooms of the Detroit News and Free Press, which rent a building from Bedrock. Reporters have privately complained.

Bedrock didn’t return requests for comment.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.