Feds settle lawsuit with Galveston apartment owners over disability access requirements

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Feds settle lawsuit with Galveston apartment owners over disability access requirements

Nick Powell, Staff writer
Dec. 4, 2019Updated: Dec. 4, 2019 6:56 p.m.

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GALVESTON — The federal government settled a lawsuit Wednesday with a Galveston apartment complex owner and site engineer alleging that they had broken the law by designing an addition that didn’t meet requirements for accessibility to people with disabilities.

The Justice Department filed the suit in February against TFT Galveston Portfolio LTD, the owners of the Seasons Resort, an apartment complex on Seawall Boulevard, and James Gartrell Jr., a Texas City-based engineer.

The suit alleged that the resort owners and Gartrell violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by designing an eight-building addition to the apartment complex and a rental office that inhibited access to the 24 ground-floor units and the associated public and common-use areas at the property. The lack of disability access includes multiple steps on walkways and ground-floor apartment entrances throughout the property.

“The Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act require that new multifamily housing be [...]

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