Chicago CIL Sues Condo Over Lack Of Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 7, 2005
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago is suing the architect and developer of a new nine-unit condominium building because the three ground-floor units are not accessible.
According to a brief item in Monday's Chicago Tribune, the center for independent living sent a person in a wheelchair to the condo's open house in February. That person was not able to enter the building because of stairs.
The federal suit claims that a staff member from the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities met with Castro-Buchel Architects and Planners Inc in March of 2003 to inform them of federal housing laws that require ground level units in multi-family dwellings to be accessible when a elevator is not installed to upper floors.
Andrew Buchel, co-owner of the architectural firm, told the Tribune that he had intended to install a wheelchair lift, but that the city rejected the plan because it didn't meet code requirements. Buchel added that his efforts to get help from several elevator companies have not been successful.
The suit seeks "affirmative improvements" to eliminate the accessibility problems at the building.