[StBernard] St. Bernard Parish stops construction of controversial apartments

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Wed Feb 23 09:09:43 EST 2011

Have no idea if it's going to help but I'm lighting a candle or whatever it
takes to hope this works.

St. Bernard Parish stops construction of controversial apartments

Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 2:51 PM Updated: Tuesday,
February 22, 2011, 3:22 PM

By The Times-Picayune

St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro has issued a cease and
order on construction of four mixed-income apartment complexes in
that have been at the center of a long legal battle between the
parish and
fair housing advocates.

Taffaro said he issued the order Tuesday morning over concerns that
part of
the land being used for the four 72-unit developments could be
wetlands. He said it's up to the Army Corps of Engineers to
determine if
that's the case.

Earlier this month, the St. Bernard officials appeared ready to
allow the
developments to move forward in the wake of a string of federal
rulings against the parish for preventing Provident Realty Advisors'
proposed $60 million project. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan
had labled
the parish's attempts to block construction of the developments as

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also filed a
against the parish, alleging its zoning laws discriminate against
African-Americans by not allowing enough rental and affordable

St. Bernard officials have maintained that the parish already has
housing and that adding more would reduce property values and
undermine the
single-family character of the community.

The fight against the multifamily apartments began in 2008.

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