GRETNA – A West Bank developer is suing a number of governmental agencies for allegedly appropriating its land for a federally funded levee project without proper reimbursement.

The Marrero Land and Improvement Association Limited filed suit against West Jefferson Levee District, Southeastern Protection Authority-West and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in the 24th Judicial District Court on May 1.

The Marrero Land and Improvement Association Limited claims land it owned was appropriated by the defendants for the West Bank and Vicinity Hurricane Protection Complex. The plaintiff alleges the defendants sent a letter stating that by resolution and under state law that the land had been appropriated. The Marrero Land and Improvement Association Limited asserts the amount given for the land, $154,000, was insufficient and not equal to the real value of the land.

The defendant is accused of not meeting state statute requiring the sufficient reimbursement for appropriations.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for the full amount of compensation for the appropriation, diminution in value of its other property, interest, legal cost and attorney’s fees.

The Marrero Land and Improvement Association Limited is represented by James M. Garner of New Orleans-based Sher, Garner, Cahill, Richter, Klein & Hilbert.

The case has been assigned to Division K Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach.

Case no. 726-556.

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