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Follow Up: St. Louis Bread (Panera) Builds New ADA Ramp

September 4, 2012 Accessibility, Featured, South City, Walkability No Comments

On February 20th I posted out the lack of an ADA Accessible Route in South St. Louis  (see: Poor Pedestrian Accessibly at Saint Louis (Panera) Bread Co on Chippewa St. at Lansdowne Ave). Today I’m happy to report Panera has stepped up and corrected the situation. Here’s the before:

ABOVE: In February 2012 access to the St. Louis Bread Co. at 6607 Chippewa from the public sidewalk required going up steps.

I contacted and company and met with District Manager Chris Harre onsite on my birthday, February 28th. On May 1st a building permit application was filed with the city to build an accessible ramp at an estimated cost of $5,000.

When I visited the site late last month workers were still finishing up final details.

ABOVE: A switchback ramp was fitted into an area previously planted
ABOVE: The view of the ramp from the west
ABOVE: View from the top of the ramp. The triangular wedge between the upper & lower sections of the ramp will contain plants.
ABOVE: The new ramp is highly visible, says all pedestrians welcome here.

I appreciate that Panera acted quickly once I pointed out the accessibility problem, if only other companies would do the same. Special thanks to District Manager Chris Harre.

— Steve Patterson



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