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8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.
Many states and municipalities WANT old buildings restored. Sometimes they need to be educated. They might be willing to work with you based on code and safety issues. Remember: Just because a building is important doesn’t mean that anyone may scrimp on safety. Many building departments have special codes for special occasions. For instance, the Ohio Building Code provides for alternative compliance methods in Chapter 34. Application of the provision can allow an existing building slated for adaptive reuse, to maintain elements and character-defining features that may not comply with current day building codes. Accessibility issues can often be dealt with through creative design that creates new building spaces and entries, provides landscape ramps, or uses mechanized lifts for physical access. Elevators may be traded out using an existing shaft or creative use of “non-productive or non-rentable space can be found to install elevators or other ADA features. It is important to determine the exact regulatory requirements for ADA compliance, and remember: Not every space is required to be fully accessible. The ADAAG also provides compliance alternatives and exceptions for historic buildings.


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10. That old building is ready to fall down around our shoulders

9. You can't change the layout because it has a bunch of load bearing walls.

8. It has code violations left and right. There's no way to make it work with ADA.

7. The "hysterical" society won't let you make any changes. They'll even tell you what color to paint it!

6. We'll have to do all sorts of reproduction of historical stuff. It will probably cost a small fortune!

5. The building is full of asbestos and God knows what else!

4. Doesn't the city have some kind of free money or grant program?

3. The building has to come down to make room for parking.

2. My contractor says it will cost too much!

1. We'll be better off tearing it down and building something new!
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