- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a West Virginia developer and his affiliates have agreed to make 30 apartment complexes accessible to disabled people.

The agreement announced Tuesday settles allegations of violations of the Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Acts.

Douglas Pauley is general partner of 30 limited liability partnerships. Under the settlement, the Justice Department said the defendants will spend about $1.7 million on the complexes. Among the corrective actions are replacing excessively sloped sidewalks and installing handicap-accessible curb ramps.

The defendants agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and $100,000 as compensation to victims.

The Justice Department also announced it filed a lawsuit Monday against developer Biafora’s Inc. and its affiliates alleging similar violations on 23 residential properties in Harrison, Marion and Monongalia counties, and in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

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