Ori Feibush Sues Councilman Kenyatta Johnson

Pointe Breeze developer says councilman has improperly stopped his projects.

Ori Feibush, already planning to challenge Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on the ballot, is doing it in court: Feibush has filed a federal suit (below) against the council member.

The Inquirer reports:

Feibush filed a lawsuit late Wednesday accusing Johnson of preventing him from buying two vacant city lots and thwarting his bid to build on a larger tract, both as political retribution.

Johnson previously said he halted the sale of two vacant lots on the 1300 block of South Cleveland Street in Point Breeze because he wanted them set aside as part of an affordable housing strategy championed by Council President Darrell L. Clarke. The fact that Feibush was in line to purchase the lots never crossed his mind, Johnson said.

Johnson said Thursday night that he had not seen the lawsuit, but that his office has “an open-door policy on development” and has worked frequently with Feibush.

Feibush is seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages.


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  • Susieq321

    fantastic…. knowing the stuff that is going on in PB this is needed. Just because you are a council person you are not the king of the hill!

  • nateminor

    Kenyatta my notta

    Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has to go. He has had his chance to put
    together a strategic plan, but his district is pay-to-play district. He not a
    leader he is a bleeder. Vote this turkey out, and give Feibush
    a try at developing Point Breeze especially when the 2026 world fair is being
    held in their district.

  • willbrodie

    The long term black residents of Point Breeze will not let Mr Feibush do what he wants. Money is not power, knowledge is power, and all we need is an education campaign explaining to folks that Mr Feibush want to not only own as much as he can, but also control the community by being a city council rep/ward leader..etc. We arent stupid. We wont let Ori move any further than we allow it. We know he wants to buy the land AND control the politics of it in a neigborhood with a lot of older retired fixed income African Americans. Ori is trying to price out my grandmother, and I wont stand for it. No No NO. I promise you our sons will not allow this to go too much further. Take the hint/warning.

    Yes, we still control this niegborhood. Our sons are on standby… the men in this neighborhood could change the complexion of the Point Breeze enhvirnment very quickly if we chose to, and make it untenable for outsiders. The only reason why one would even come to Point Breeze is because the long term residents have kept the crime relativley low, even if the area needs development. What we dont need is other people to come save us.. take that plan to the Badlands… they need saving. We need people that will respect that just like a Chinatown, African American have a culture embedded in the sidewalks of these streets. Ori wont try this in Chinatown though. I might add that no one’s calling the Chinese racists for wanting to keep that area mostly Asian in population, look, feeling and culture, so why should we be ashamed to say we dont want an invasion in Point Breeze. We realize that becasue there is a Chinatown, we have a right to preserve our community as WE see fit, and plan to do something about it. I am a new player here and this is a NEW day Mr Feibush. You people are the world invasive species. Make plans somewhere else.

    There are other ways to accomplish the goal of revitialization, if that is Ori’s intent, but it isnt. His intent is to come to Point Breeze to buy low.. sell high and control the voices of anyone who would oppose his plan by becoming a politician. We see everything very clearly.