WASHINGTON, DC – A Denver multi-family apartment building is not accessible to people with disabilities, and was designed in a way that is discriminatory, authorities from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a suit.
HUD charged the owners, architect, and builder of the Battery on Blake Street apartment building with housing discrimination on Tuesday for failing to make the complex handicap accessible.
HUD filed the charges Tuesday, after the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center complained in April, 2016, that the 164-unit, six-story residential apartment building at 2120 Blake Street had design flaws that prohibited people with disabilities from using the common amenities such as the swimming pool and hot tub. Inspectors from HUD also found that access to the units’ balconies was not ADA-compliant and that handicapped parking spaces were too narrow.
"It can be very difficult for persons with disabilities to live in housing that does not meet the Fair Housing Act’s design and construction requirements," said Anna María Farías, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in a press release. "Hopefully HUD’s action will help other housing owners and builders better understand their obligations under the Fair Housing Act, and encourage them to comply with the law."
Named in the complaint are owners PR III/Broadstone Blake St., LLC; Alliance Colorado Builders, LLC; Architect firm PS Arch, Inc. and SHF II Battery on Blake Street Owner, LLC.
The case will be heard in federal court.
A request for comment sent to management of the building was not immediately answered. But a spokesperson for the Battery on Blake Street told KDVR the condominium’s owners wouldn’t "comment on pending litigation."
You can read HUD’s charge here.
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