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Federal Judge Grants Relief In Part, Requires Parish to Provide Essential Utilities to Developer

Posted on 20. Jun, 2011 by

On June 20, 2011, Federal Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order partially granting the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center’s (GNOFHAC) and Provident Realty Advisors latest motion to hold St. Bernard Parish in contempt of court.  The order requires St. Bernard Parish to allow Entergy to release electricity to developer Provident Realty Advisors’ sites, and ordered defendant St. Bernard Parish to provide water taps to the four development sites in question.  In the order, Judge Berrigan cited the need for electricity at the sites in order to make it possible for Provident to provide adequate security in the face of recent acts of racist graffiti. Judge Berrigan also noted the need for water on site for safety reasons. Finally, in the order Judge Berrigan calls on expert Dr. Anthony Lamanna to provide additional assistance to the court in making decisions still unresolved regarding the Parish’s claims about on site construction issues.

6-21-11 Read the full press release http://www.gnofairhousing.org/pdfs/06-21-11_SBP_Release.pdf“>here.

6-21-11 Read the Judge’s Order http://www.gnofairhousing.org/pdfs/06-21-11-SBP_Order_re_Motion_to_Enforce.pdf“>here.

6-21-11 Listen to the Provident voicemail http://www.gnofairhousing.org/audio/Provident_Voicemail.mp3” target=”_blank”>here.

6-21-11 View an image of the graffiti on Provident’s building http://www.gnofairhousing.org/images/Provident_Graffiti.jpg” target=”_blank”>here.

6-21-11 Read the nola.com article “Federal judge orders electricity and water at site of controversial… apartments” here or http://www.gnofairhousing.org/pdfs/articles/6-21-11_TP_Federal_judge_orders_electricity.pdf“>download

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