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Dec 23, 2011 4:47 PM by Lauren Wilson

Opelousas attorney sues City, owners over vacant neighboring building

According to court documents, Jarvis J. Claiborne is suing the city of Opelousas, along with B&B Builders and Investors, Inc., and the Code Enforcement Director for the City of Opelousas over a vacant building next to Claiborne's business.

Claiborne says that his business on N. Main Street in Opelousas is in danger because of the vacant building next to his, calling it an "abandoned dilapidated, stinky, rotten, snake-infested, condemned green building". For the past two years, Claiborne says, he submitted written letters to various officials in the city concerning the condition of the building, including the City of Opelousas and the owner of the building, B&B Builders and Investors, Inc.

Claiborne claims that there have been no repairs made to the house and that the building is a fire hazard because vagrants use it for shelter. Claiborne is worried that its rundown condition could become a hazard for his business also saying, "the value of his property has been diminished," because of the poor nature of the adjoining property.

B&B Builders and Investors, Inc. President James Bellard could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit.

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