A federal judge has given St. Bernard Parish until 3 p.m. Friday to provide electricity to the site of a mixed income apartment complex that parish officials and some neighbors have fought against.
In a ruling issued on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan ordered that permitting of the property happen immediately, and warned failure to comply “without extraordinarily good cause” would lead to fines of $10,000 per day against St. Bernard Parish.
Berrigan noted that parish officials failed to comply with a June 20 ruling from the court that favored the Providence Realty project.
Parish leaders have said they would not authorize power to the properties because the sites did not have valid building permits. They have vigorously denied allegations that their opposition has been racially motivated.
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