Starrett City Associates

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Starrett City Associates is a group of investors, led by Disque Deane, that built and owned the Starrett City housing complex in Brooklyn, New York.

At the time it was built, Starrett City was the largest housing development in the nation.[1]

Starrett City Associates defended a landmark civil rights lawsuit that concerned "reverse discrimination."

Discrimination Charges[edit]

In 1980, the NAACP initiated a class-action suit against Starrett City Associates and charged that the owner of the housing complex attempted to maintain racial quotas by selective approval of tenants based on racial and ethnic profiles. The quotas caused minority applicants to wait longer than white applicants for spaces in the complex. Starrett City Associates argued that the quotas were necessary to maintain racial balance. In other words, if the quotas had not been in place, the population would have been disproportionately non-white.

The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal was also named as a defendant in the suit because it had oversight of the public money spent to build the project and allowed the quotas to exist.

The case was appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States in the fall of 1988 [2] and the high court ruled against Starrett.

In 1990, Starrett proposed to make apartments available to Soviet Jews who came to the United States in order to "keep the development racially and ethnically integrated," in the words of a spokesperson (The New York Times, 24 July 1990).

Sale of Starrett City[edit]

In early 2007, Starrett City Associates attempted to sell Starrett City for $1.3 billion to Clipper Equity LLC, a partnership of David Bistricer and Sam Levinson. The sale was ultimately unsuccessful due to public opposition.

A renewed effort to sell the property began in June 2008.

See Starrett City for a more detailed discussion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. v. Starrett City Associates
  2. ^ United States Department of Justice, Supreme Court Brief No. 88-82

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