Fayetville Mayor denies claims in Fair Housing lawsuit

Fayetteville Mayor James Akers and one of his constituents, Bill Corley, deny in a lawsuit response that they violated the federal Fair Housing Act when a non-profit group based in Delaware attempted to open a home for recovering drug and alcohol abusers.

The suit claimed that Akers sought to interfere with the opening and occupancy of Oxford House in violation not only of the housing statute but the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In his answer to the complaint, Akers said the plaintiffs — Oxford House Inc. and Justin Poling — failed to ask for a variance to the zoning laws in Fayetteville available through legal means.

What’s more, both Akers and Corley deny clams that they acted “willfully, intentionally or in a callous disregard” to the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs, or in any manner denied them due process of law.

Oxford House asserted the town refused to regard a structure at 22 Short St. as a single-family house and operates under unfair zoning and municipal codes.

Plaintiffs alleged that Corley, who lives close to the house in question, threatened to hurt an employee and vowed to torch the structure if recovering alcoholics and drug abusers took up residence there.

Read more at The Register-Herald


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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