Sunday, September 02, 2001

Court reverses low-income housing ruling

The Associated Press

        CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court Friday reversed a district court's ruling and said there was sufficient evidence to try a lawsuit involving a low-income housing project proposed for Cuyahoga Falls.

        The Buckeye Community Hope Foundation filed a lawsuit against Cuyahoga Falls on July 5, 1996, saying the city violated its constitutional and statutory rights by allowing a referendum rejecting the site plan for the proposed housing project after the city council had approved the plan.

        The foundation said the referendum was motivated by bias be cause black households and families make up a large percentage of the projects' residents.

        In 1999, Judge Dan Polster of the U.S. District Court in Akron dismissed the claims, saying the foundation had not shown sufficient evidence. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that, saying Judge Polster erred.


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