Real Estate Urby in Stapleton settles racial discrimination lawsuit Urby admitted no fault, and each party agreed to pay for attorney fees and other expenses. Urby, in a lawsuit filed in July, was accused of racial discrimination by three onetime residents of its Staten Island development. Photo Credit: Vincent Barone By Sarina Trangle firstname.lastname@example.org @SarinaTrangle Updated November 28, 2018 2:56 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email After weeks of discussing a settlement, the Urby apartment development in Staten Island and three people who accused the firm of racial discrimination in a federal lawsuit have agreed to conclude the case, according to court filings. Both sides' lawyers signed a document, dated Nov. 26, in which they agreed to dismiss the matter, with each party paying for attorney fees and other expenses. The conclusion comes more than two weeks after Logan Schiff, a lawyer for the three individuals who brought the lawsuit, drafted a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Gold noting that he and Urby's attorneys "have held several productive settlement discussions over the last two weeks and are close to an agreement..." "The parties still have a gap in their respective positions as to the monetary portion of the proposed settlement," the letter read. "We believe that with a settlement conference before your Honor, the parties may be able to reach an agreement and avoid further litigation." Schiff, who works for Legal Services NYC, said he and his clients were not able to discuss the matter. Attorneys for Urby did not respond when asked about the case, and a spokeswoman for the company declined to comment. In July, the three people, described then as current and former Urby residents, filed a lawsuit against the North Shore development. In the complaint, they alleged that Urby responded to online complaints about "ghetto" residents living in its below market-rate units by making a list of undesirable tenants — all of whom were black — and targeting them with frivolous housing court cases and aggressive buyout offers. At the time, the tenants' attorneys said Urby violated fair housing and human rights laws while receiving tax benefits that mandated the firm set aside at least one-fifth of its roughly 500 apartments for low-income residents. The tax perks also required Urby to certify that there were not substantiated instances of discrimination, according to the complaint. Urby described the lawsuit as "completely baseless and utterly without merit" in July. "We treat all of our tenants equally, in full compliance with all city, state and federal fair housing and anti-discrimination laws," the company said in a statement released this summer. By Sarina Trangle email@example.com @SarinaTrangle Sarina covers real estate and business for amNewYork. She previously reported for City & State NY, The TimesLedger in Queens and The Riverdale Press in the Bronx. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic SI development made list of undesirable tenants: SuitAll of the residents on the list were African-American, the lawsuit says. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.