United States v. Albanese Organization, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)

Overview: 

 

On May 24, 2017, the court entered a final partial consent decree in United States v. Albanese Organization, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.). The complaint, which was filed on January 18, 2017, against the designers and developers of The Verdesian, an apartment building in New York City, alleged that the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act by failing to design and construct The Verdesian so as to be accessible to persons with disabilities. This consent decree resolves allegations against the architect of the Verdesian. It provides for standard injunctive relief, a payment of $15,000 to compensate aggrieved persons, and a $30,000 civil penalty. A prior partial consent decree, entered on February 13, 2017, resolved allegations against the developers of the property and provided for standard injunctive relief, compliance surveys for two additional properties developed by the defendants, retrofits of non-compliant features, payments of $175,000-$500,000 to aggrieved persons, and a $45,000 civil penalty. The case was litigated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Case Open Date: 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Case Name: 
United States v. Albanese Organization, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Tags: 
Fair Housing Act
FHA
North End Associates
SLCE Architects
River Terrace Associates
Chelsea Associates
disability
design
construction
accessible
accessibility
multifamily
apartment
rental
pattern or practice
New York
1:17-cv-00358
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - New York, Southern
Updated July 7, 2017