1998 issues of The Advocate
The designers and builders of Falls Gable Condominiums, a development near Baltimore, Maryland, have agreed to pay $75,000 to settle claims that they did not comply with the accessibility guidelines of the Fair Housing Act. Part of the settlement will be used to allow the owners of ground-floor units to retrofit their condominiums to meet accessibility guidelines. Some of the settlement money will also go toward making the common areas of the complex accessible.
BNI saw flaws in design of complex
The lawsuit, filed by Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
The settlement is reportedly the firstfair housing settlement reached with an Arizona newspaper accused of running ads violatingthe Fair Housing Act's 1988 amendments.
Manageragreed to move out of the complex and never work there again
The April agreement, which resolves the first housing discrimination suit everbrought by the Justice Department in Grand Rapids, also requires the former manager tomove out of the complex and never work there in any capacity again.
Order requires builder to make costly modifications toalready-built condominiums
Kay Management also agreed to pay $150,000 to the FairHousing Council.
Thelarger settlement, reached in late March, is a conciliation agreement signed by AccuBancMortgage Corporation which targets $2.1 billion in mortgages to minorities and low andmoderate income families to enable them to become homeowners.