A clarifying memorandum to the City of Greenfield from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission that did the master plan accessibility study of all public buildings and streets for the city in 2018 explaining the need for major renovations of the current library if a new library is not built.
A letter to the City of Greenfield from the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities as a follow-up to an evaluation visit to the current library in June, 2019 explaining how it is not in compliance with both federal and state accessibility and safety codes.
(Note: the $401,010 value listed is incorrect as they used the assessed value for both the library AND firehouse. Thirty percent of the assessed value of the library is $217,080.)
This is a line item cost analysis of what it will take to just get the current library to reach federal ADA standards as outlined by the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities in a report following their June 2019 evaluation visit. The removal and replacement of just the ramps and bathrooms will be over $600,000. It exceeds the MA 30% law (see Letter to Trustees explaining this) that makes ALL state building codes be enforced as well. (See last column listed as Ramps and Bathrooms for these figures)
Letter to the Trustees of the Greenfield Library from Dan Pallotta, engineer and owner P3 Project Planning Professionals explaining the Federal ADA and Massachusetts laws and regulations as they pertain to making the current library accessible and safe.
A three page, line by line analysis prepared by an architect and an engineer of the estimated costs to make the current Greenfield library meet federal and state standards of accessibility and safety.
Greenfield Mayor William F. Martin
Greenfield City Councilors
Chair, Library Board of Trustees
What about the fire station?
Greenfield needs a new fire station, and the city has known this for years.
“The study nearly six years ago stated the fire station is ‘no longer viable’ in its current setup. The location is too small for renovation or expansion and the lack of space also poses safety concerns. The fire station also does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.”
From The Recorder article at right
Tuesday, February 26 2019
New Greenfield Firehouse Would Cost $10-Million
According to the architects behind a long-awaited fire station study, a 20,000-square-foot fire station can be built for around $9.5 million to $10.5 million at the proposed Beacon Street site.
By Josh Solomon
Staff Writer, The Recorder
Thursday, October 17 2019
Library: Executive Order 2019-4-Updated Restrictions
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