New York city developer agrees to accessibility enhancements

Americas, October 11 2011

NEW YORK: The United States filed and simultaneously settled by consent decree a federal civil rights lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleging that The Larkspur, a residential apartment complex that provides largely low- and middle-income housing in Manhattan, is inaccessible to persons with disabilities.

The suit alleges that Larkspur, LLC, the owner and developer of The Larkspur and its operating manager Larkspur Managers LLC, violated the design and construction provisions of the federal Fair Housing Act, which require that new multi-family housing complexes include certain features accessible to persons with disabilities.

The U.S. also sued Larsen Shein Ginsberg Snyder LLP, the architectural firm that designed The Larkspur, and that case is still pending.


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