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Blevins v. Barry-Lawrence County Association for Retarded Citizens

Supreme Court of Missouri
707 S.W.2d 407 (Mo. 1996)


Facts

The Barry-Lawrence County Association for Retarded Citizens (Association) (defendant) planned to operate a home for eight unrelated mentally retarded persons on a lot it owned in a subdivision. The subdivision contained a covenant restricting use of the lots to residential purposes only and restricting any buildings to single or double family dwellings. The Blevins (plaintiffs) owned the lot across the street from the Association and they brought suit for equitable action alleging that the Association was in violation of the covenant. The circuit court enjoined the Association from using the property as a group home. The Association appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Welliver, J.)

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