In the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Illinois
United States of America,
Access Living of Metropolitan
Andrian-Zemenides , Ltd.
|Case No. 05 C 2208|
The United States and plaintiff-intervenor Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
(collectively "plaintiffs") and Defendant, Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd., agree that this Court has
jurisdiction over the subject matter of this case and that the controversy should be resolved without
further proceedings and without an evidentiary hearing. Therefore, the United States, Access
Living of Metropolitan Chicago and Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. have consented to the entry of this
Consent Decree as indicated by the signatures appearing below. The United States filed a
Complaint alleging violations of Section 804(f)(3)(C) of the Fair Housing Amendments Act of
1988, 42 U.S.C. §3604(f)(3)(C) ("the Act"). The Complaint alleges that Defendant was
responsible for the design of River's Edge Condominiums, which is located at 5225, 5255, 5320,
5340, and 5360 North Lowell Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois. On April 15, 2005, Access Living of
Metropolitan Chicago filed a motion to intervene as of right as a plaintiff in this matter. On April
20, 2005, this Court granted Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago's motion.
River's Edge Condominiums consists of 260 condominium units, located in five elevator
buildings. Construction on all 260 units was completed based on the original designs of Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. River's Edge Condominiums is a "covered multi-family dwelling" within the
meaning of the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3604(f)(7)(A). The Act requires that all units in such a dwelling
include certain basic accessibility and adaptability design features. These design requirements
include: (a) public use and common use areas that are readily accessible to and usable by persons
with disabilities; (b) doors designed to allow passage into and within all premises that are
sufficiently wide to allow passage by persons using wheelchairs; (c) an accessible route into and
through the dwelling; (d) reinforcements in bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars;
and (e) usable kitchens and bathrooms such that an individual in a wheelchair can maneuver about
the space. See 42 U.S.C. §3604(f)(3)(C). The United States alleges that, as designed and
constructed, the units at River's Edge Condominiums do not fully comply with the requirements of
42 U.S.C. § 3604(f)(3)(C).
In 1997, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago filed a complaint with the Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleging that the River's Edge Condominiums was not
constructed in compliance with the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
Norwood Builders (Norwood), Access Living and HUD entered into a conciliation agreement
with HUD ("Conciliation Agreement"). A copy of that agreement is attached at Exhibit A.
Defendant Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. is not a party to the conciliation agreement. On September 28,
2004, HUD issued a Charge of Discrimination against Andrian- Ziminides Architects, Ltd. On
October 7, 2004, Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. elected to have the claims stated in the Charge decided
in a federal civil action.
It is hereby Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed:
I. General Injunction
1. Defendant, its officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns are enjoined from
discriminating on the basis of disability as prohibited by the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3604(3).
II. Corrective Actions
2. Within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this decree, the Defendant agrees to modify
the common use areas at River's Edge Condominium by creating two new accessible
parking spaces with one space being placed in each of the outdoor parking lots adjacent to
Buildings One and Two. Each outdoor accessible space must be at least ninety-six (96)
inches wide and adjacent to a demarcated access aisle that is at least sixty (60) inches
wide. Two accessible spaces may share a single access aisle. In the event that the
Condominium Association for River's Edge refuses to grant permission to create these
spaces, Defendants shall notify the United States and the United States may seek to modify
the Consent Order so as to require the Association(s) to permit the modifications.
Defendants shall not oppose the United States' motion to modify the Consent Order, or the
joinder of the Association(s) as a necessary party, for the purpose of ordering the
Association(s) to permit the modifications.
3. Within thirty (30) days of the effective date of this decree, the Defendant shall deposit
$37,500 into the same interest-bearing, revolving escrow account ("Escrow Account")
required by the Conciliation Agreement, so as to create a total retrofit fund of $75,000 to
pay for modifications, as enumerated in the Conciliation Agreement.
4. The Escrow Account described in this Decree shall be managed pursuant to the terms and
conditions specified by the Conciliation Agreement.
5. Upon the effective date of this decree, Defendant shall consent to Norwood providing the
written notice (1) of the opportunity to request modifications under the terms of this Decree
and the Conciliation Agreement to all current owners of condominium units at River's
Edge Condominiums, the River's Edge Condominium Association, and the River's Edge
III. Relief to Complainant
6. In addition to the amounts specified above, Defendant shall pay the sum of $10,000 to
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago for damages and attorneys fees, within thirty (30)
days of Access Living executing and delivering to counsel for Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. the
release at Exhibit C.
IV. Education and Training
7. Within one hundred twenty (120) days of the date of entry of this Consent Order,
Defendant's sole employee, Irene Zemenides, shall undergo training on the design
requirements of the Fair Housing Act. The training shall be conducted by a qualified third
party, unconnected to Defendant or its employees, agents or counsel, and approved by the
United States. (2) Any expenses associated with this training shall be borne by Defendant.
Defendant shall provide to the United States, within thirty (30) days after the training,
copies of the training outlines and any materials distributed by the trainers; and
certifications executed by Defendant and all covered employees and agents confirming
their attendance, in a form substantially equivalent to Exhibit D.
8. For the duration of this Consent Order, Defendant shall maintain, and provide to the United
States upon request, the following information and statements regarding any covered,
multifamily dwellings it designs in whole or in part, or designed by any entities in which it
has a position of control as an officer, director, member, or manager, or have a fifty-percent (50%) or larger ownership share:
(a) the name and address of the project;
(b) a description of the project and the individual units; and
(c) a statement acknowledging that Defendant has reviewed the architectural plans for the
project and that to the best of its knowledge, the design specifications therein comply with
the requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
IV. Duration of Order and Termination of Legal Action
9. This Consent Order shall remain in effect for two (2) years after the date of its entry. By
consenting to entry of this Order, the United States and Defendant agree that in the event
that Defendant violates the Fair Housing Act in the future, such violation(s) shall constitute
a "subsequent violation" by Defendant pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
10. The Court shall retain jurisdiction, including for distribution of the settlement funds, for the
duration of this Consent Order to enforce the terms of the Order, after which time the case
shall be dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiffs may move the Court to extend the duration of
the Order in the interests of justice.
11. Any time limits for performance imposed by this Consent Order may be extended by the
mutual written agreement of the Plaintiffs and the Defendant.
12. The Plaintiffs and Defendant shall, in good faith, attempt to resolve informally any
differences regarding interpretation of and compliance with this Order prior to bringing
such matters to the Court for resolution. However, in the event of a failure by Defendant to
perform in a timely manner any act required by this Order or otherwise to act in
conformance with any provision thereof, the Plaintiffs may move this Court to impose any
remedy authorized by law or equity, including, but not limited to, an order requiring
performance of such act or deeming such act to have been performed, and an award of any
damages, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees which may have been occasioned by the
violation or failure to perform.
V. Costs of Litigation
13. Each party to this litigation will bear its own costs and attorney's fees associated with this
It is so Ordered this ____day of ____________________ 2005.
United States District Judge
Agreed to by the parties as indicated by the signatures of counsel below:
Jeffrey T. Kubes
Crisham & Kubes, Ltd.
30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60602
For the Plaintiff:
Bradley J. Schlozman
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Steven H. Rosenbaum
Timothy J. Moran
U. S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Housing & Civil Enforcement Section -
Washington, D.C. 20530
Patrick J. Fitzgerald
United States Attorney
Assistant United States Attorney
Access Living of Metropolitan
of Metropolitan Chicago
614 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607
Full and Final Release of Claims
Whereas, Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago ("Access Living") claims to be an
aggrieved person within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. § 3614(d)(1)(B) and allege discrimination
by Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. in connection with the design of River's Edge Condominium; and
Whereas, the United States and Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. have voluntarily entered into
a resolution of this matter and which resolution provides for payment by Andrian-Zemenides,
Ltd. a sum of money for the settlement of claim;
Now, Therefore, in consideration of the amount of $10,000, paid to Access Living, I
therefore agree to release and discharge Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd., its representatives,
employees, agents, successors and assigns from any and all damages, actions, causes of action,
claims, charges and demands of any kind in law or equity relating to the design of River's Edge
Condominium howsoever originating and existing to the date hereof.
Date: _______________________ ____________________________________
Certification of Education and Training
I, _________________________ , an agent, employee or principal of Andrian-Zemenides, Ltd. attended and completed training on the design requirements of the Fair
Housing Act on the ____ day of _________ 2005. The training was conducted by
________________ at the following location :
Signature: ____________________________ Date:_________________________
Name Printed: _________________________
1. Said notice shall be substantially in the form contained in and attached as Exhibit B.
2. The class given by the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities on
the City of Chicago's 2005 Building Code, Chapter 18-11, which incorporates the Act, is
approved by the United States.
Document Filed: August 30, 2005
Steven H. Rosenbaum
Housing & Civil
TTY - 202-305-1882
FAX - (202) 514-1116
To Report an Incident of Housing Discrimination:
| U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, NWB
Washington, D.C. 20530