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Update: Opponents of PA housing project file appeal to zoning board

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A group of Port Arthur citizens, who are trying to stop a development of a proposed public housing project, have appealed to the Port Arthur Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Last Thursday, a district judge issued a setback for opponents of the project.

172nd District Court Judge Donald Floyd ruled that the plaintiffs did not exhaust all of the administrative remedies before going to the court and therefore the court does not yet have jurisdiction in the matter.

The Port Arthur City Council in July voted 5-3 to approve construction of the proposed 128-unit Edison Square Complex to be built near Edison Middle School's former campus on 12th Street.

On October 10, attorney Langston Adams was granted a temporary restraining order to halt construction. He represents four homeowners who live near the proposed site on 12th Street who maintain that city council members improperly approved rezoning the property for development.

Opponents say they fear the complex would attract a criminal element unless it's designated only for senior citizens.

Port Arthur councilman Kerry Thomas supports the project, and says the council can beef up police patrols to make the area safer.

A hearing is tentatively set for November 14 in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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