An illegal rental property owned by landlord Fred Morgan went up in flames Tuesday morning, leaving at least 10 people homeless. … Times-Picayune reported on the dangerous conditions at Urquhart Street and two other Morgan properties in May, detailing a number of fire code violations including the use of extension cords and power strips to carry electricity from a neighboring home.

The $14 million project, funded by the Housing Authority of New Orleans and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will include 51 affordable-housing units and a management office in 26 duplex structures. …

Former tenants of the Florida development are given first option to rent the units.

The 26 buildings are scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2014. The developer is the local firm Parkcrest Builders.

“We messed up,” Cain told Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson in Baton Rouge. “Our intentions were good.”

Jackson told Cain he was frustrated by the actions, all of which took place after the judge ordered heat index measurements be taken for three weeks leading up to the trial that began Monday.

“You waited until my order was in place to erect these things,” Jackson told Cain. “We may have some further proceedings at a later date.”

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...