MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY SETTLES CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT AGAINST DEVELOPER AND ARCHITECT OF MANHATTAN RENTAL COMPLEX

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that The Melar, a 22-story, 143-unit residential apartment complex in Manhattan, is inaccessible to persons with disabilities and in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

The United States has entered into settlement agreements with L&M 93RD STREET LLC, the developer and owner of The Melar, and COSTAS KONDYLIS & PARTNERS, LLP, the architectural firm that designed the building, in the form of two consent decrees.

As part of the consent decree with L&M 93RD STREET LLC, the developer has agreed to perform accessibility enhancements on the building, pay a civil penalty to the United States, and establish a fund to compensate those harmed by the lack of accessible features. As part of the consent decree with COSTAS KONDYLIS & PARTNERS, LLP, the architect has agreed to pay a civil penalty to the United States and establish a training program for its employees on Fair Housing Act requirements. The consent decrees were approved late Friday in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge RICHARD M. BERMAN.

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