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Morgantown Developer, Feds Settle Housing Lawsuit


A Morgantown developer and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled a lawsuit that alleged accessibility violations at 23 rental properties.

Under the settlement, Biafora’s Inc., doing business as Metro Property Management, will build a new 100-unit apartment complex and retrofit existing properties to bring them into compliance.

The Dominion Post reports that Metro Property also must pay a $25,000 civil penalty and another $180,000 to to establish a fund to compensate anyone who may have suffered as a result of the alleged violations.

The Department of Justice filed the lawsuit in September 2014. The lawsuit said Metro Property and related companies violated the Fair Housing Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act.