Appeal is a possibility on couple’s loss of exclusive right to building elevator
The couple at the center of a lawsuit involving building accessibility and property rights want a judge to stay her order that mandates people with disabilities and tenants of affordable housing units at 308 E. Hopkins Ave. be allowed to use a front entrance and elevator.
That entrance had been for the exclusive use of Michael Sedoy and Natalia Shvachko, who bought two condos in the building a few years ago for $6.3 million. But following a trial last year in the lawsuit brought by the city of Aspen, Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court ruled this month that the exclusive use violated city code. The judge found that the developer and owner of the building did not have the right to offer such exclusivity because, among other reasons, the only other entrance is not compliant with disability provisions of the International Building Code, which the city incorporates into its own code.
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