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Assessing a Retail Area According to ADA Requirements

Management Proposal

You will build a Proposal to Management. You will research Federal and State "Americans with Disabilities Act" (ADA) standards. For purposes of this assignment, I am assuming that each student resides in the State of Texas as Texas statutes are accessible via the web. Federal statutes are also available on line.

Scenario: (When first presented in 2001, the shopping center pictured was not readily accessible by handicapped citizens. Since that time, the shopping center has upgraded their accessibility, providing usable access and parking. We will, however, continue to use the old photos and scenario as the basis for our research. The following scenario is a figment of my imagination.) A local strip shopping area is not readily accessible to handicapped patrons as required by Federal and State ADA standards. When several complaints were ignored by management of the shopping center, the local ADA citizens group rallied the media and made their complaints public via TV news and the local newspapers.

Management has hired you to assess the exterior of the entire shopping area and propose improvements and corrections. You must research the law and prepare a Proposal to Management that will meet ADA requirements.

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Accessibility issues at already-existing or soon-to-be renovated properties such as the shopping center in your scenario require an extra amount of attention and research for managers such as YOU to understand the new and pertinent revisions to any existing regulations. Alterations as they are termed in ADA jargon are held to the tightest standards of ADA regulations (Journal of Property Management, 2012). Each addition to an existing building or facility will be regarded as an alteration with each added space or element required to comply with applicable provisions under ADA. Each addition that affects or could affect the usability of an area containing a primary function shall comply with 4.1.6(2) of the ADA standards (ADA, 2012).
In accordance with ADA requirements YOUR proposal must entail the importance that the shopping center renovations are required to achieve compliance at the same level as new construction for significant renovations such as those being proposed by YOUR proposal to management. These renovations must remove any and all physical barriers in accordance with 2010 ADA standards (Journal of Property Management, 2012).
Physical barriers in existing properties that include but are not limited to communication barriers must be removed through structural changes and barrier removal. Therefore, YOU must include in your proposal installation of ramps, railings, and grab bars in restroom stalls where these are readily achievable and easily accomplishable, without significant difficulty at the expense of ...

Solution Summary

This solution provides the requirements that a retail store must adhere to in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act for renovating or building a new retail store.