AAB Armory decision April 11, 2012


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AAB Armory decision April 11, 2012

  1. 1. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Architectural Access Board One Ashburton Place, Room 1310 Boston, Massachusetts 02108-1618 Deval L. Patrick Governor Phone 617-727-0660 Thomas G. Gatzunis, P.E. Commissioner Timothy P. Murray Fax 617-727-0665 Thomas P. Hopkins www.mass.gov/dps Lieutenant Governor DirectorMary Elizabeth Heffernan Secretary April 11, 2012 William Schaefer William Schaefer and Associates Architects 15 Bay Street Cambridge, MA 02139 Re: Notice of Action of the Board; The Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA; Docket Number C10-059 and V09-197 Dear Mr. Schaefer, On April 2, 2012, the Board Staff conducted a site visit and determined that the slope of the entrance ramp to the property in question had a generally compliant slope (8.3% or less), with some areas as high as 8.7%. On April 3, 2012, the Board received your letter regarding the completion of the work required at the entrance ramp to the property in question, as well as a request to abate the fines that have accrued at a rate of $500.00 per day since October 31, 2011. On April 6, 2012, the Board received a letter from the Complainant, Eileen Feldman, regarding the collection of the accrued fines. The Board also received a letter from John Kelly on April 9, 2012, in support of Ms. Feldman’s request. The Board discussed this matter during an administrative review at their regularly scheduled April 9, 2012 meeting and voted as follows: - Based on the results of the Board Staff site visit that showed that the ramp slope is 8.7% at the steepest and that threshold at the front entrance complies, the Board voted to ACCEPT the slope of 8.7% and allow the building to be used, once again, for public events. The Board also noted that the issue of the abatement of the fines will be reviewed during an administrative discussion at the Board’s April 23, 2012 regularly scheduled meeting. Page 1 of 2 S:AABKSuttonAgendas and ResultsDECISIONS2012040912The Armory Bldg, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville - AMENDED 040912.doc
  2. 2. ARCHITECTURAL ACCESS BOARDBy:Donald Lang, Chairman Diane McLeod, Vice ChairAndrew Bedar, Member (not present) Myra Berloff, Director of Massachusetts Office on DisabilityRaymond Glazier, Executive Office of Elder Gerald LeBlanc, MemberAffairs DesigneeCarol Steinberg, Member D. Mark Trivett, MemberWalter White, Executive Office of PublicSafety DesigneeA complete administrative record is on file at the office of the Architectural Access Board.cc: Local Building Inspector Local Disability Commission Independent Living Center Complainant Joseph Sater, Highland Armory Realty Trust David Shapiro, Assistant City Solicitor Page 2 of 2 S:AABKSuttonAgendas and ResultsDECISIONS2012040912The Armory Bldg, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville - AMENDED 040912.doc