The Durst organization fined for developing rental apartment buildings that were inaccessible to persons with disabilities

November 19, 2015
New York real estate developer, The Durst Organization, is now required to ensure that all their ongoing and future development projects should be made more accessible to persons with disabilities, including to make two of their existing apartment buildings in Manhattan more accessible to persons with disabilities. The company is also required to provide up to $515,000 to compensate aggrieved persons, as well as pay a civil penalty of $55,000.
     According to the press release of the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, United States and The Durst Organization have reached a settlement that resolves the federal civil right lawsuit that alleges The Durst Organization to be engaged in a pattern and practice of developing rental apartment buildings that are inaccessible to persons with disabilities or PWDs.
     "This is the ninth in a series of lawsuits that this office has brought against real estate developers and architects who fail to design and construct new apartment buildings accessible to people with disabilities," said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.