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HUD settles discrimination complaint against architect, developer

Condos must be retrofitted to accommodate people with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a settlement today in a disability discrimination complaint brought by a couple against the architect, builder and developer of a condo project in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Salvador O'Neill, who has Parkinson's disease, and his wife, Carmen, had filed the lawsuit against Verde Isla Court Inc., QB Construction and Gutierrez-Latimer C.S.P, the developer, builder, and architect of the Astralis Residences and Club, charging that the condo development is not accessible to persons with disabilities, according to a HUD announcement. "HUD's investigation revealed that the developer, builder, and architect of Astralis failed to design and construct the dwelling units and common areas in accordance with the Fair Housing Act's accessibility requirements for multifamily dwellings covered by the act," the agency reported. The law requires that public and common-use areas be accessible to persons with disabilities and that all doors allow...