August 25, 1997
Ms. Donna Halligan, Director of Planning and Zoning
Borough of Red Bank
P.O. Box 868
32 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, N. J. 07701
Dear Ms. Halligan:
Thank you for your recent assistance in ensuring that Basil
T's Restaurant had accessible parking in their restriped lot. I
am also happy to note that you are now looking into the problem
of sandwich boards on Red bank sidewalks.
As you and the council draw up guidelines, please remember
that under the Americans with Disabilities Act and N. J.
Barrier-Free Code there must be a 36 inch wide accessible pathway
for people with disabilities. In several areas of Red Bank,
because of sidewalk tables, sandwich boards, etc., the pathway is
too narrow, so is unsafe and illegal for people who use
wheelchairs, canes, crutches, etc.
I also hope that you are informing businesses about the
accessibility requirements when they present plans for building
For example, we have received complaints that the
"accessible entrance" to the Oyster Point Hotel is not
accessible. The walkway is steep and there is a step to enter the
door. The entrance threshold should be flush, no more than ¼
inch high, or ½ inch if it is beveled. Otherwise, there must be
a ramp. Since they will be renovating, please be sure that this
unsafe and illegal situation is corrected before the plans and
finished product are approved.
I enclose recent publications from the Department of Justice: ADA Design Guide, Restriping Parking Lots, Common Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations, and ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities, which includes possible solutions.
I also enclose a statement from Attorney General, Janet Reno,
which makes it clear that architects, designers, and engineers
"have an obligation to produce designs that provide full and
equal access to all." She states that she "
litigate, and litigate as vigorously as possible."
I request that you freely copy these and give them to Ms. Tracy Challenger, the mayor, council members, construction officials, workers, business owners, architects, and all planning board members. As we have discussed, accessibility features are much safer and more accurate if done correctly at the beginning, rather than retrofitted after the error is discovered. Thank you for your help with this necessary issue.
Carolyn Schwebel, Co-Chair
cc: (w/o encl.)
Mr. Pasquale Menna, Councilman
Ms. Tracy Challenger, Exec. Dir., RiverCenter
Hon. Edward J. McKenna, Jr., Mayor