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Follow Up: ADA Access at St. Louis Hills Medical Center

June 21, 2013 Accessibility, Featured, Planning & Design, South City No Comments

Last month I posted how the St. Louis Hills Medical Center violates the ADA. In short, the building’s original design predated the ADA by a few decades and the 2008 renovations didn’t fix the problem. Here are a few photos from that post:

The original 1950s entrance wasn't accessible to all.
The original 1950s entrance wasn’t accessible to all.
A route was provided for pedestrians to enter the building, but it contains a flight of stairs. No ramp was provided as required by the ADA.
The route to a new entrance contains a flight of stairs, also not accessible to all.

Since that post I met with a representative of the building owner as well as Eddie Roth, Director of Operations in the mayor’s office.

A drawing on the building website shows what should’ve been built, the private sidewalk from the space next door was supposed to be continue in front of the original entry, eliminating the steps.
Here's the original entry again with the new sidewalk  next door circled in red
Here’s the original entry again with the new sidewalk next door circled in red, the walk to the original entry is also newish concrete.
Here's the view next door looking toward the old entrance.
Here’s the view next door looking toward the old entrance.

During the construction work a few years ago someone made a decision to not follow the architect’s design, resulting in lack of ADA-compliance.

The owner’s representative indicated the building remains vacant, and they aren’t interested in making changes. If only they’d followed the architect’s plans there would be no problems gaining access into the building from the public sidewalk.

— Steve Patterson

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