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    I'm looking for a new building for our haunt. One building I'm looking at was constructed in 1894 and it has two stories. It has a freight elevator shaft that was dismantled years ago. The cost to repair the elevator is $80,000. I would like to operate the haunt on both floors, but I'm concerned about violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The past 13 years I've always accomdated wheelchairs in my haunts, but we only averaged 5 wheelchairs per year. It isn't worth spending this kind of money to accomodate wheelchairs. Has anyone else dealt with this?

    Any advice? Are there exemptions to the ADA? I've been searching through various web sites, but I haven't found anything helpful yet.

    Thanks for your assistance,

    Kelly
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    Do a Google search for "wheelchair lift". I'm not sure if a device like that would actually work for your situation, but it might be worth looking into.
     

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    http://www.universal-accessibility.c...ical-lift.html

    171" max lift, 600 lb capacity, commercial lift. $4,299
     

  4. Default ADA laws 
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    I appreciate the lead. Unfortunatly I don't think it will work with this building. The second floor is about 10' above the 1st floor. They do offer a chair lift that goes up the stairs, but I would hate to block a portion of the stairs with the rail needed for the lift.

    Iíve done some digging and found the following guidelines in reference to ADA requirements. The info below may allow us to not have to install an elevator.

    The Act includes an elevator exemption that does not require the owner to install an elevator in a facility that is being altered if it is less than three (3) stories, or less than 3,000 square feet per story. Buildings not covered by this exemption are a shopping center or mall, the professional office of a health care provider, a terminal, depot or other station used for specified public transportation, or an airport passenger terminal.

    Readily Achievable - Alterations that can be easily achieved without much difficulty or expense. The factors determining readily achievable status include the nature and cost of the action and financial resources of the owner. Alterations include remodeling, renovation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, historic restoration, changes or rearrangements in the plan configuration of walls and full height partitions. The Act stipulates that changes to mechanical or electrical systems are not alterations unless they affect the usability of the building or facility.

    If portions of a public accommodation can be brought into full or partial compliance in a readily achievable manner, they must be. New construction and alteration projects beginning after January 26, 1992, require that the altered area must be made accessible to the greatest extent possible. With particular regard to existing elevator systems, a large portion of these requirements may have already been met with only minor modifications being required for further compliance. When more drastic changes are deemed necessary, there are often several different approaches to addressing the same compliance issue. Taking the time and effort during this planning phase will often reveal the lowest cost means of achieving full compliance.

    I've forwarded this information to my attorney and will let everyone know what I find out.

    Kelly
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    Unless I am reading the info wrong, the lift I linked to goes over 14 feet?

    It would still be pretty costly after installation, so hopefully the exemption you found will work.
     

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    You are correct. I wasn't doing the math correctly. Their tallest one might work. We'll definately contact them to see what can be done. I'll have to figure out where to cut a hole in the floor to accomodate it.

    I'm still hoping we can operate the first year or two without spending the money. It's hard to justify the expense for 4-5 wheelchairs a season.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Kelly
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