BEAUMONT – A Port Neches housing company claims the city
impeded its attempt to build an apartment complex.
Akhtar Housing Group, LLC and its proprietors, Jeff and
Gurinda Akhtar, filed a lawsuit on Nov. 4 in the Beaumont Division of the
Eastern District of Texas, stating that the Port Neches Zoning Board of
Adjustments awarded them three variances for property located at 3031 8th
Street last year only for said variances to be taken away.
The suit lists Port Neches Mayor Glenn Johnson and the Port
Neches City Council as co-defendants.
Per recent court papers, the plaintiffs sought to build a
residential-multi-family apartment complex consisting of four buildings and 140
units. They assembled the appropriate requests and applications for the subject
variances, the original petition says.
The ZBA approved the variances on Nov. 9, 2015 and sent the
complainants a confirmation letter three days later. A Port Neches resident
purportedly told Jeff Akhtar that “his kind would not be allowed to build” in
Johnson, in turn, withdrew the variances and sued the ZBA,
the suit says. The plaintiffs assert that they were turned back when they tried
They consequently seek unspecified monetary damages.
Attorney Colleen M. McClure of Houston is representing the
Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case No.
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