|RE: CH elevators||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (Floriferousclassic.msn.com)|
|Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 21:53:08 -0500|
One thing to look at is that I beleive there are square footage percentages that you can use, so that if the upper floor is less than some percentage of the total accessable floor you don't have to have it accessible. I don't know either the numbers or even if that is still the case. There are specialists in this arena in Seattle that you can consult. I originally wrote a long diatribe about accessibility, then deleted it as too unPC for this list. Let me just say that in my opinion, the government has way too much interference in the doings of private citizens, building private homes and private recreational structures. Rob Sandelin Sharingwood, where 90% of the commonhouse is accessible. ---------- From: cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org on behalf of Joe Nolan Sent: Monday, April 06, 1998 1:32 PM Subject: Re: CH elevators >From: Lynn Nadeau <welcome [at] olympus.net> >Subject: upstairs for Common House? >BUT the local city building inspector, with Uniform Building Code in >hand, says that we are a type A-3 "assembly" building and that any >"occupiable" upstairs space MUST be handicapped accessible. That >translates into not only the space for an elevator, but around $20,000 >elevator cost. Which we don't have. We at EVCC were also surprised late in the game with a requirement for an elevator ("lift"), also at around $20K cost. Both floors of our CH are already fully accessible, with multiple accessible outside entrances at each level. However, the zoning folks declared that we must have "equal access". This means that since we have an internal staircase, we must also have an elevator. (I think they stretched the letter of the law a bit.) Fortunately, we were able to defer the requirement to install it for a year or 2, so that it will be easier to pay for. It's not that we didn't want to provide accessibility, but a large surprise cost + shoe-horning an elevator into an existing design can be unpleasant. Also, you start feeling pretty villainous when you receive threatening letters from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (we did). Forming groups take heed: plan for *maximum* accessibility early! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ joe nolan EcoVillage at Ithaca, NY, USA 1st nh completed 8/97! 2nd well underway. http://www.cfe.cornell.edu/ecovillage/
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