Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

By Cory Willey

EGREMONT — The town has been granted a temporary waiver to bring the South Egremont Village School up to current accessibility standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The waiver — granted by the Massachusetts Architectural Advisory Board — allows temporary relief from the ADA regulations for the building until August 2019, by which time the town plans to have completed the requisite upgrades.

“We have over a year to put in handicap components so the school is in full-compliance,” Lyn Smith — the project’s principal architect — said Tuesday, following receipt of the board’s decision.

As the two-room schoolhouse — built in 1881 — is a designated historic site listed on the National Register of Historic places, it was eligible for the temporary ADA waiver.

Salco Construction Co. began work on the project to replace the school’s foundation and repair rotting sills earlier this year after signing a contract with the town worth $358,182 in April. The contractor plans to be finished with the work by the end of July. The new foundation has been poured and the sills repaired, though the school remains on stilts, contrary to reports that it would be lowered two weeks ago. Smith said Tuesday it should be back on solid ground by the end of this week or early next week.

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