AG: Developer must provide disabled housing access

April 18, 2011
The Attorney General’s office has secured an agreement with one of the nation’s largest housing developers, Trammell Crow Residential, ensuring equal access to housing for people with disabilities.
     The settlement agreement requires the developer to make significant retrofits to Suffolk County’s Atlantic Point Apartments, a 795-unit apartment complex, to ensure that people with disabilities have full use of the facilities.
     Trammell Crow Residential must also pay $75,000 to compensate individuals who are harmed by the inaccessible housing, and work with an independent expert to certify that future construction of apartment complexes are in compliance with New York State and federal accessibility laws.
     Tenants who were harmed as a result of the developers’ failure to construct the property as legally required will be eligible to receive restitution by submitting a claim to the Attorney General. The Attorney General will then evaluate the claims for compensation and distribute the funds.