We’ve won a battle…


HANO halts demolition plans at three public housing sites

New Orleans Times-Picayune

by Susan Finch, Times-Picayune staff writer
Friday December 14, 2007, 11:31 AM

The Housing Authority of New Orleans agreed in court today not to demolish
the C.J. Pete, Lafitte or St. Bernard public housing developments unless
the New Orleans City Council approves permits for the work.

The agreement allows HANO to proceed with demolition work, approved in
November 2003 by the City Council, at the B.W. Cooper housing development.

Officials with the housing authority and attorneys for demolition
opponents, who sued HANO Thursday to stop tear-downs at Pete, Lafitte and
St. Bernard, reached the accommodation after meeting privately with Civil
District Court Judge Herbert Cade, who said he would sign an order later
today approving the deal.

Plaintiffs argued that the City Council had to approve demolition work at
the three housing complexes. HANO had not secured that approval for the
three demolition projects.

Attorney Tracie Washington, representing the plaintiffs, said HANO’s
willingness to halt demolition work pending a City Council review is a
first: “We have never (before) been able to get a court to order a stop to

The City Council is expected to address the demolition matter next week.

The agreement says that any party to the agreement, if dissatisfied, can
return to court to seek a modification.


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