Supreme Court to Hear Housing Discrimination Case
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Los Angeles Times (06/18/13) Savage, David G.
On Monday, the Supreme Court opted to take up a politically volatile housing discrimination issue that the White House had gone to great lengths to keep away from the court. The justices voted in favor of hearing a New Jersey city’s appeal arguing it could not be held liable for housing discrimination in redeveloping a depressed area of town and reducing the number of homes that are available to Latinos and African Americans in the process. The core issue is whether the Fair Housing Act forbids actions by cities or mortgage lenders that end up having a “discriminatory effect” on minorities. This will be a first for the Supreme Court, as it has never ruled on whether the Fair Housing Act extends to discrimination claims where there may be no proven intent to discriminate, but rather a statistically demonstrated “discriminatory effect” or “disparate impact.”
More High Density Apartments Coming to California Market
Digested From “More High Density Apartment Complexes Coming to Pleasanton”
Pleasanton Weekly (06/06/13) Bling, Jeb
Pleasanton, Calif., continues to see its local apartment sector thrive. St. Anton Partners is close to receiving final approval from the Pleasanton Planning Commission to build a 168-unit apartment community there. The City Council has already approved the project. However, the California-based multifamily development and investment firm is also seeking a development pact that will “memorialize” some of the commitments St. Anton has made in return for a longer expiration date on the project approval. St. Anton Partners’ apartment community is the third in a string of high-density apartment developments approved by council members, with two similar proposals on track to follow shortly. In 2012, the council approved a BRE Properties proposal for high-density apartment communities with 498–units all in the Hacienda Business Park. The developer is expected to break ground on those rental units by the end of this summer. Earlier this Spring, the council gave the green light to a new multi-story, high-density apartment community and adjoining retail center for a section of California Center. The project will include a total of five residential buildings containing 305 studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.