St. Bernard Parish officials say they have issued occupancy permits to four mixed-income apartment complexes in Chalmette. A federal judge had threatened to fine the parish $50,000 a day unless it approved the permits so the apartments could be rented.
Parish councilman Frank Auderer Jr. said Friday that the permits were issued to comply with U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan’s order. The permits mean people can live in the apartments, which have been under construction.
The apartments have been the center of a legal fight pitting the New Orleans suburb against federal authorities and housing advocates.