The opposition to a Port Arthur affordable housing complex has won a round in court.
Opposition has led to a political feud that boiled over in July when three Port Arthur councilmen walked out of a meeting about the proposed Edison Square complex.
Thursday, attorney Langston Adams was granted a temporary restraining order to halt construction.
He represents four homeowners who live near the proposed site of Edison Square.
Reginald Trainer has lived on 12th Street, across from the site, for 22 years.
He and others fear the complex would attract a criminal element unless it's designated only for senior citizens.
Trainer gets support from nearby resident Efrain Avendano, who is also named as a plaintiff.
Avendano says five council members approved a planning and zoning change based on a neighborhood survey that was not legally conducted.
Port Arthur councilman Kerry Thomas supports the project, and says the council can beef up police patrols to make the area safer.
Thomas said, "I understand their concerns. If we need to hold up and get the questions answered, we'll make sure residents are satisfied. We'll have as many meetings as possible."
Councilmen Willie "Bae" Lewis, Raymond Scott, and Robert Troy opposed the project.
An injunction hearing in the case will be held on October 24.
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