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Old 02-17-2013, 09:37 PM
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I am doing a rip & replace of an 11x7 kitchen and accessibility has come up. Our plan is to replace in the same spot …cabinets, fixtures and appliances. We have an Architect & Expediter and they said we need to be ADA compliant and install an “adaptable sink cabinet” for front approach for Local Law 58 compliance. I have done research on the subject and have questions: It does not appear to me that an adaptable sink cabinets is required in new construction or renovations, no one I spoke with had or installed one. Second, I would argue that that I meet the “Kitchen Sinks Parallel Approach“ …” The Guidelines specify a 30”x48” clear floor space at kitchen sinks. The clear floor space must be parallel to and centered on the kitchen sink. The clear floor space in this parallel and centered orientation allows a person using a wheelchair to make a close side approach, permitting a reach to the faucets, to easily wash dishes or food without excessive twisting in the wheelchair. A sink may also be designed with knee space below, with the 30”x48” floor space oriented for a forward approach.”

Note, this renovation is occurring in an a elevator building in NYC and no one in my family is disabled.

Has anyone run into this before? What are my options? And what is the best way to legally work through this? Based upon my research I feel my architect/expediter taking an overly literally interpretation of the rules.

Feedback and comments appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:04 PM
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God knows, I know nothing about this, but in the absence of any other replies, I'll make three suggestions:
1. Ask the architect to show you the actual law.
2. Call the NYC Department of Buildings.
3. See if a specialized internet forum, such as the one on Street Easy, can help.
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