Ten days after ordering St. Bernard Parish to provide electricity to four controversial apartments under construction in St. Bernard, a federal judge on Thursday held St. Bernard in contempt of court for not complying with her order.
U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan stated that St. Bernard has until 3 p.m. today to provide electricity to all the sites. St. Bernard officials have refused to authorize electrical services because they claim the developer, Provident Realty Advisors, does not have valid building permits.
Berrigan also ordered the parish to issue permits for the sites by 3 p.m. today and said she’d fine the parish $10,000 a day until it complies.
On June 20, Berrigan cited recent racist graffiti on the Provident Realty Advisors sites and stated that electricity is needed for security offices that could prevent further vandalism. Local residents and officials havefought tooth-and-nail since 2008 against the mixed-income multi-family developments, fearing they would lower property values in the area.
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