When Denise Ferrera rebuilt after Katrina, she was looking forward to many quiet afternoons in her backyard.
“You know they weren’t supposed to build this. They stopped it a couple of times, but now it’s back again,” says Ferrera.
Ferrera shows FOX 8 one of four mixed income housing units being built in St. Bernard Parish. One unit is not far from her property line.
Her neighbors agree the housing units have to go.
“We are not happy when we wake up every morning at 7 to illegal construction going on 20 feet from our condos,” resident Dana Arcement said.
The housing units have been part of several legal battles between the parish and Provident Realty. In 2009, a federal judge ordered the parish to allow the apartments to be built, after stating that parish leaders were racially discriminatory.
The fight is ongoing. Just Monday, Judge Ginger Berrigan denied a parish motion for another cease and desist order.
Councilman Ray Lauga sees the dispute changing weekly.
“Obviously, the Administration and the Council are opposed to the construction and it’s an ongoing battle,” said Lauga.
Lauga introduced new rental licensing, noise party or gathering provisions at the council meeting.
James Perry with the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center says the new provisions are just another way for the parish to hinder the efforts of Provident Realty.
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