ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL
April 7, 2014
Chairman Jack Humburg called th4e meeting of the Accessibility Advisory Council to order at 2:00 P.M. on April 7, 2014. Members present wer4e Chairman Humburg, Barb Page, Linda Parnell, Jim Woolyhand and Bill Riha.
Review of the Minutes of the February 10, 2014 Meeting. Bill Riha moved to accept the minutes as written and following a second by Linda Parnell, the vote of the Council was in favor of the motion.
Review of Applications for Waivers from Accessibility Requirements:
Fred Schweitz, 995 South Highway 27,441, Ocala:
The applicant requested a waiver from providing vertical accessibilit6y to the second floor of a new, $750,000 health facility. According to the applicant, the project was budgeted based on cost previously incurred at four other locations using the same designs. The second floor contains 2,350 square feet of the overall 15,600 square foot structure and all equipment available on the second floor is also accessible on the first floor. During the review, the Council noted that some machines located on the second floor are not duplicated on the first floor and Barbara Page moved to recommend denying the waiver. Following a second by Bill Riha the vote of the Council was unanimous in favor of the motion.
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, 537 West Jefferson Street, Tallahassee:
The applicant requested a waiver from providing vertical accessibility to the upper two floors of a sorority house undergoing a $3K50,000 alteration. The project is a 1,700 addition to the ground floor and no work is being done to other areas of the building. The project consists of the addition as well as construction of a new accessible parking space and access aisle; accessible entry door; two accessible toilet rooms; accessible drinking fountains and an interior ramp. Estimates of $52,000, $62,000 and $69,800 were submitted as the costs to install an elevator. Shane Money represent4ed the applicant and confirmed that the property is owned by the sorority, not the university. Bill Riha moved toe recommend approving the waiver and was seconded by Barb Page. The vote or the Council was unanimous.
Reach 2, 260 Hickman Drive, Sanford
The applicant requested a waiver to permit the use of a platform lift as a means of providing vertical accessibility to the second floor of a new office/factory building. The facility will have factory/industrial shop space on the 29,765 first floor and two offices and storage on the 11,630 square foot second level. According to the applicant, the local building department will not allow a platform lift to be used for this purpose and is requiring a full passenger elevator instead. Barb Page moved to recommend granting the waiver, provided the lift is in full compliance with the Florida Building Code. Bill Riha seconded the motion and the vote of the applicant was in favor thereof.
Stark Building, 202-2204 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach:
The applicant requested a waiver from providing vertical accessibility to the second floor of an historic building constructed circa 1884. The structure houses five retail tenants on the 4,100 square foot first floor and additional tenant suites on the 3,900 square foot second floor. According to the applicant, it would be neither technically feasible nor cost effective to provide a lift or LULA to the upper level. Estimates were submitted for $67.260 for a LULA and $37,560 for a lift. There are no accessible toilet facilities on the second floor and a $9,870 was provided for demolition and construction of a new toilet room on that level. Estimates were also provided for $7,835 to widen existing door openings and $3,900 for floor leveling and addition of ramps at thresholds. The total alteration cost is projected to be $174,000 and the applicant contends it would be disproportionate to make all changes that would render the building. Jose Miranda represented the applicant and reaffirmed that providing vertical accessibility would be disproportionate. Barb Page moved to recommend granting the waiver based on the historic character of the building. Linda Parnell seconded the motion and the vote of the Council was unanimous in favor of it.
Miami Real Estate, 355 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach:
The applicant requested a waiver from providing vertical accessibility to all eight units in an existing hotel building undergoing a $117,000 alteration. All units are located on a a single story; however, entrances into the guest rooms are all constructed at different levels and according to the applicant, it would be disproportionate and technically infeasible to make each entrance accessible. One unit will be fully accessible and an accessible path of travel, including the doorway threshold will be provided for that room. Barb Page moved to recommend granting the application based on technical infeasibility. Following a second by Bill Riha, the vote of the Council was unanimous in favor of the motion.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting adjourned at 2:50 P.M.