Wednesday, November 01, 2006
We need to see more of this from DOJ
Accessible, affordable housing is a critical need for people with disabilities across this country. Today, your Department of Justice struck a blow for our side: Settling a suit against a group of developers, builders, architects and engineers who built two apartment complexes in Olathe, Kansas leaving out legally required access features. The Ridgeview and Indian Meadows apartment complexes will have to retrofit parking areas, paths and walkways, public and common-use areas, as well as interiors of ground-level units to enhance access -- at a cost of about $1.2 million. Plus these losers will cough up $200,000 for access features on request, $200,000 for damages to unidentified victims, and $50Gs in penalties. Oh, and they have to get training on the requirements of the Fair Housing Act and the ADA -- so they don't do this crap again. Good.