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.