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Sunday, January 29, 2017
NYC Feds Squeeze Another Landlord-Developer, Scoring Settlement In Fair Housing, ADA Lawsuit To Resolve Allegations That Apartments In Recently-Constructed Buildings Were Inaccessible To Those With Disabilities (ie. Excessively High Thresholds, Door Openings, Power Outlet Locations, Public Spaces Unfriendly To Wheelchair-Bound Residents, etc.)
In New York City, The Real Deal (New York) reports:
Silverstein Properties settled a lawsuit brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara alleging two of the developer’s rental projects are inaccessible to residents with disabilities and in violation of the Americans with Disabilities and Fair Housing acts.
The lawsuit pertained to two of Silverstein’s projects — One River Place and Silver Towers on West 42nd Street — which comprise 920 units and 1355 units, respectively. The two projects are among the biggest in Manhattan that benefited from the 421a tax abatement program.
The terms of the settlement were not immediately available. A spokesperson for Bharara’s office declined to comment.
In the lawsuit, , Bharara’s office alleged that excessive force was required to open doors at both projects and that there were excessively high thresholds at entrances to both individual units and bathrooms, openings were not wide enough for disabled access, power outlets were in inaccessible locations, and public spaces, such as laundry rooms and locker rooms, did not allow enough space for people in wheelchairs to turn.
“The widespread inaccessible conditions at One River Place and at Silver Towers reflect a pattern or practice on [Silverstein’s] part of failing to comply with the FHA,” the complaint said.
The suit also named the architect of the two buildings, Costas Kondylis and Partners, as a defendant.
“Silverstein Properties is pleased to have resolved this matter with the government and remains committed to designing and building accessible housing for all New Yorkers,” a spokesperson for Silverstein said in a statement.
It wasn’t clear how much expense and time would be required to update the buildings.
CBC News: Betrayal of Trust (A CBC investigation reveals how lawyers across Canada have misappropriated and mishandled clients money, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, or sometimes even charging vulnerable people top dollar for shoddy services)
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