Condo board settles suit with disabled residents

August 08, 1998
The Villa Ridge condominium association board has agreed to a settlement with a group of disabled residents who filed a discrimination suit over the board's removing all the handicapped parking spaces at the Gaithersburg property.
     When the board made all the condo's parking spots first-come, first-served in December 1996, the disabled residents said in the their
complaint, it often meant long, painful walks from their cars to their homes.
     Under terms of the settlement reached last month, the board, which did not admit wrongdoing, agreed to provide "reasonable" parking accommodation or modification for any disabled residents; to institute an educational program to ensure that Villa Ridge employees know state and federal fair-housing laws; and to pay the plaintiffs $155,000 in damages and court costs.