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Housing Research and Advocacy Center v. K&D Group

On June 8, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio approved the settlement of a housing discrimination lawsuit alleging disability discrimination by the designers and builders of the largest single residential project in Cleveland in 97 years.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in 2009 by Relman, Dane & Colfax, along with co-counsel Thacker Martinsek, LPA, on behalf of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center against the K & D Group and others responsible for designing and constructing the Stonebridge apartments and condominiums, located on the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission joined the lawsuit after finding probable cause that a number of the defendants had violated state accessibility laws.

Plaintiffs' experts found over 600 violations of federal and state accessibility requirements in the three Stonebridge residential buildings. Under the terms of the Stipulated Judgment, the defendants will make corrections and alterations to the properties, including making all common areas and all apartment units located in the Stonebridge Waterfront building accessible for people with disabilities. In addition, defendants will retrofit the common areas and specified condominium units in the Stonebridge Plaza building to ensure compliance with the law. Defendants will also pay $567,000 in damages, costs, and attorneys fees.