Allen shopping center sued for lack of handicapped access

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 28, 2011, 7:11am

SHERMAN - An Allen shopping center is being sued by a handicapped Texas woman who claims there is no accessible route form the parking lot to the stores.

Claiming the stores violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, Leslie Greer filed suit against Fifth Avenue Frisco Texas Gruber Property; John Gruber; and Nebraska Book Co. Inc., doing business as PJ's Textbooks, on March 16 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Greer, who is in a wheelchair, states she went to the property recently and discovered that the accessible route from the parking and into PJ's Textbook was wrong. According to the lawsuit, many of the curb cuts impede the route into the facility.

Greer points out that although the shopping center is across the street from the Frisco branch of Collin County Community College, the sidewalk to the bookstore is inaccessible as well.

According to the court records, the shopping center was built only 10 years ago and is subject to compliance with the new construction guidelines under the ADA.

The plaintiff is asking the Court to direct the defendants to bring the property into compliance with the new construction standards of the Federal ADA
Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities and Texas Accessibility Standards of the
Architectural Barriers Act, and to order the defendants to stop discriminating, She also seeks an award of $100 mandatory monetary damages for each act of discrimination, for an award of attorney's fees, litigation expenses and court costs.

Greer is represented by Addison attorney Palmer D. Bailey. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-00135

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