Condo project settles lawsuit

January 15, 2009
One of Wilmette's lakefront high-rise condominium developments will have to convert formally to senior housing and pay out $28,000 to settle a 3-year-old fair housing complaint.
     Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs today announced terms of the settlement that the organization reached late last year with 1630 Sheridan Road Corp., a 104-unit cooperative in Wilmette along Lake Michigan.
     The complaint, filed in 2006 by Interfaith, stemmed from reports that an owner was blocked from selling a unit to a family with young children under a cooperative rule stating the community was "not suitable for children under 18 years of age." Because the building had not been designated legally as senior housing, the no-children rule was in violation of state and federal fair housing laws, Interfaith officials said. The complaint was referred to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and then the Illinois Department of Human Rights.