Popponesset Marketplace Dispute Resolution Details Released
By: Geoff Spillane
Details of the resolution of a lawsuit that threatened to close Popponesset Marketplace were announced this afternoon in a joint statement from the two parties.
Due to a 2009 lawsuit alledging violations of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, managers of the marketplace earlier this month announced that just five of the more than 20 businesses in the popular south Mashpee retail area would be open this summer. The area was scheduled to close completely before next season.
Under the negotiated settlement, however, the marketplace will be allowed to open in full this summer.
According to the statement released this afternoon, major repairs are required to be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2012. These include construction of accessible paths throughout the marketplace and the addition of wheelchair accessible parking spaces. Certain minor changes, not requiring construction plans and the issuance of building permits, will be implemented this season.
Formal resolution of the case will occur when the United States District Court in Boston endorses the settlement agreement.
Information regarding what the resolution will mean for each individual businesses returning this summer could not immediately be determined.
The agreement was hammered out during a mediation session last weekend, moderated by Attorney Brian Mone, a nationally-recognized mediator who has successfully negotiated agreements in several high-profile cases.
Read Friday’s Enterprise for additional details and community reaction to the resolution.
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