- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against an Alabama-based development firm accused of building housing complexes that violate the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday that Gateway Construction Corporation, Gateway Development Corporation and affiliated companies used federal low-income housing tax credit incentives to build complexes with significant barriers to people with disabilities.

Prosecutors say the barriers include steps leading to building entrances, excessively sloped paths from buildings to community amenities, inaccessible parking and more.

The lawsuit lists 36 properties in Alabama, 25 in Georgia, nine in North Carolina and one in Tennessee.

The Department of Justice is asking the company to bring the buildings into compliance and pay civil penalties.

A message for Gateway representatives wasn’t immediately returned.

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