Let’s set the record straight. BREC never discussed a park with any resident of Lafitte Hill subdivision until BREC had started construction and was asked to stop by some residents who were concerned about what they saw.

The residents requested a meeting with Gene Young (head of BREC at the time). Young and another BREC employee attended the meeting, and they were told the residents were against the park because it violated the zoning requirements (zoned A-1 single-family residential) and it also violated the legally documented restrictions of Lafitte Hill Subdivision, which requires the properties on Jean Lafitte to be developed in 1-acre lots and structures on the lots to be single-family dwellings with 2,000 square feet or more of living area.

Young asked if the residents would sign a petition showing the majority were against the development, and, if they did so, he would stop the construction and remove everything from the site. Although not required, the residents produced the requested petition showing a majority of homeowners and landowners registered in Lafitte Hill were against the development because of the zoning and subdivision restrictions.

The petition was given to Young, and the next day, he started construction again. Residents placed a lawsuit in the local courts that stopped construction, and, at the trial, the presiding judge ruled in favor of the residents because, in his words, “it was clear that BREC was in violation of the zoning and the subdivision restrictions.”

BREC removed the materials from the properties and has been having the lots kept up by a contractor who is mowing the properties as required by the city-parish, an unwanted expense for BREC.

Yes, the property is being sold — not because it is obsolete but because BREC illegally tried to circumvent the zoning and restriction laws. Now, they are selling to try and recoup their maintenance losses, since they cannot legally build on the properties.

Tommy Vince

retired health, safety and environmental manager

Baton Rouge