Judge affirms city's code enforcement action
Civil District Court Judge Lloyd J. Medley, Jr. has upheld the City of New Orleans’ code enforcement action against the Lake Terrace Shopping Center located at 1532 Robert E. Lee Boulevard in Gentilly. The blighted shopping center has sat vacant since Hurricane Katrina and the city wants it returned to commerce.
“I am pleased with Judge Medley’s ruling,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “His ruling helps advance the City’s goal of remediating this eyesore and restoring the quality of life for those neighborhoods.”
The judge affirmed the judgment rendered by the City of New Orleans Code Enforcement last June against DMK Acquisitions and Properties LLC that the property is guilty of blight and public nuisance.
Now that the blight judgment has been affirmed, the city is considering any and all legal remedies available with respect to the property, including but not limited to expropriation, lien foreclosure, or demolition. As a large commercial property, it is the City’s position that the shopping center must return to commerce. The surrounding neighborhood has played an active role in the Code Enforcement Hearings as well.
DMK Acquisitions and Properties LLC may still appeal the ruling to the Fourth Circuit Court.