US sues NY real estate dealer over disabilities

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NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government has sued a prominent real estate developer, saying some of the company's apartment buildings are not sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities.

The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court was brought Wednesday against The Durst Organization Inc. It sought to force the company to comply with federal laws ensuring buildings are accessible to the disabled.

The U.S. government alleged in particular that a Manhattan Upper West Side building with nearly 600 rental apartments was built in a manner that violates the federal Fair Housing Act.

The company said in a statement, however, that the building complies with New York City's regulations, which satisfy federal guidelines. The company also noted that Durst has not received a single complaint in the eight years since the building opened.

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