Affordable Housing Firm Must Retrofit Building In Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, NY — An affordable housing developer has settled federal lawsuits by agreeing to make retrofits at 71 rental buildings in the Bronx, …

Most of the buildings are in NYC; the two in Westchester are at 25 State Street in Ossining and 203 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon.

Prosecutors cited a recurring pattern of inaccessible conditions at Atlantic’s rental buildings, including excessively high thresholds at building entrances and entrances to common use areas, ramps that lack handrails on both sides, common use bathrooms that lack grab bars and pipe insulation, excessively high thresholds at entrances to individual apartments and within the apartments, and bathrooms in individual apartments that lack sufficient clear floor space for people who use wheelchairs. The company admitted in the court-ordered settlement stipulation that features in the common use areas of their buildings, as well as in their buildings’ apartment interiors, did not meet the specifications set forth in the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines.