Fair Housing Lawsuit Names Condo Developer WHEELER DEVELOPMENT L.L.C.

1998

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Wheelchair-users Tony Bieszczat, Ronald Ray Smith and not-for-profit Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC), have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act against Wheeler Development L.L.C. for its condo project "Mar-A-Lago." was filed July 24 by Las Vegas attorney Richard F. Armknecht III, (702) 363-0317.  This lawsuit is part of a statewide campaign to bring Nevada's new multifamily housing (i.e.,apts. and condos) into compliance with the federal Fair Housing Act, as amended by the Congress in 1988.

The lawsuit alleges that co-Plaintiff Tony Bieszczat is unable to buy an accessible ground-floor condo there because none of the more than 30 buildings within the Mar-A-Lago complex comply with the federal design & construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act (24 CFR 100.205). The condo complex has been under continuous development since about 1992; the federal standards became effective in March 1991.

Wheelchair-user Tony Bieszczat is a longtime resident of Clark County and was a successful small businessman before his stroke five years ago. He's looking forward to again owning his own home.  Wheelchair-user Ronald Ray Smith volunteers as a Technical Advisor for DRAC. Smith has lived in the City of Las Vegas since 1992 and owns his own home.

Disabled Rights Action Committee (DRAC) is a Utah-based not-for-profit charitable organization aggressively enforcing the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act in both Nevada and Utah.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Ronald Ray Smith (702) 259-6098 (PT) or send e-mail to enforcer@ibm.net

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