October, 2, 1997
Mr. Jay S. Solomon
Senior Vice President
Bayshore Community Service
727 North Beers Street
Holmdel, N. J. 07733
Dear Mr. Solomon:
I am responding to your letter of September 18, 1997, about
accessibility issues at the MedWise Center at 714 Route 35, in
Middletown. Thank you for your comments. There were some
inaccuracies in your letter that I would like to address. You
will find enclosed technical information from the ADA and the
Department of Justice to help you understand my comments.
I maintain that the ramp is improperly located, since
according to the ADA the accessible path from parking should be
on the closest possible route to the accessible door. The path
from the upper parking to the ramp is longer than necessary,
further than that to the stairs. Two parking places should have
been placed to the lower end of the ramp, in the unused area
toward Howard Johnson's.
You note that the location was approved by agencies, but,
unfortunately, approval by agencies, architects, and construction
officials does not guarantee that proper accessibility guidelines
have been met.. Your architects, engineers, construction people
bear the ultimate responsibility.
While one railing has been installed on the ramp, a ramp of
that size requires railings on both sides. This is a key
point, of which your engineers should be aware.
I am happy that you are having your engineers recheck the
path, for it is too steep, with a slope of about 1:15, and
requires railings, as noted in the enclosed documents, including Common
ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations.
I am an individual who uses an ambulatory device, a cane, (due
to falls at inaccessible locations), and I know that the filled
in area could present a danger to me and others. Blacktop tends
to break up in rain, ice, etc., so I hope that you will monitor
the situation. It is unfortunate that the work was not done flush
the first time.
The fine for a first time offense of parking in a reserved
accessible parking spot is actually $100. Please correct
The width of the access aisle for accessible parking spaces
must be five feet; one van accessible spot, with an eight foot
wide access aisle, is also required. I may be wrong, but I recall
that your access aisles appear narrow.
I look forward to receiving your response after your engineers
have assessed the status. I will be happy to supply further
information or clarification.
Carolyn Schwebel, Ed. D.
cc: A. Mercantante