US sues NE Ohio condo developers on accessibility

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The government has sued the developers of a northeast Ohio condominium complex alleging they failed to meet accessibility requirements for the disabled under the Fair Housing Act.

The U.S. Justice Department said its lawsuit filed late Monday seeks unspecified monetary damages as well as changes to make the complex accessible in Hartville, north of Canton.

According to the lawsuit, the 52-unit Windham Bridge complex has disability barriers including front entrance steps, sharply sloped parking lots and narrow doors. Its kitchens and bathrooms are inaccessible to wheelchairs.

No working phone numbers could be found Tuesday for the builders and developers, at least one of which has gone out of business.

Messages seeking comment were left for the design firm, Studer Architects of Minerva, and at listing for the complex.