MSP Real Estate Inc. on Monday filed a federal lawsuit against New Berlin and Mayor Jack Chiovatero, alleging that the city is violating federal law by blocking MSP from building low-income housing and senior apartments in the City Center.
MSP is seeking $12,995,996 in compensatory damages and an unspecified amount in punitive damages, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee.
Chiovatero declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying he had not yet been served with a copy of the document and had not read it.
In the lawsuit, MSP contends that the race of prospective tenants was a key factor in the city’s decision to rescind approval of the project just months after it was approved.
MSP alleges the city and Chiovatero are violating both the federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of the planned apartments were going to be disabled-accessible, the lawsuit says.
MSP is asking the court to allow the company to begin construction of the project.
MSP got the go-ahead for the apartments in May, but the city Plan Commission rescinded approval in July after a public outcry against the affordable-housing component.
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