Judge reinstates housing discrimination case

June 04, 2015
A lawsuit accusing a Richmond developer, a Henrico County contractor and Richmond architect of discriminating against people with disabilities was reinstated this week, after it was dismissed in April in U.S. District Court in Richmond.
     The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case, leading to the reinstatement.
     The suit involves the Shockoe Valley View Apartments, also known as Cedar Street Apartments, a 151-unit complex going up on Cedar Street in Church Hill. It alleges that the project does not comply with accessibility requirements.
     The suit was reinstated by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer days after the Justice Department asked the court to reconsider its dismissal of the complaint by the National Fair Housing Alliance and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia Inc., a statewide fair housing advocate.