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Burlington to be ADA Compliant in 15 Years

November 30, 2018
Source: (North Carolina)

Burlington [North Carolina] is developing an American with Disabilities Act [(ADA)] Transition Plan for the city’s public facilities after receiving an inquiry from the [North Carolina] Department of Transportation [(NCDOT)].

The federal government designated NCDOT to ensure that all municipal entities receiving transportation funds have such a plan, city representative Morgan Lasater said. NCDOT contacted the city in the spring to begin documenting existing ADA compliance as well as to note what needs to be changed.

The plan establishes a timeframe for eliminating barriers that prohibit individuals with disabilities from using public facilities, Lasaster said. “The goal is to ensure that all requirements are being met and that Burlington continues to find ways to meet the needs of all its residents,” she said.

All buildings and pedestrian facilities will be evaluated, with 15 specific facilities formally evaluated as they have the greatest public use:

  • Municipal Building, 425 Lexington Ave.;
  • City Hall Annex, 244 W. Davis St.;
  • Police Administration Building, 267 Front St.;
  • McDade Recreation Center, 1333 Overbrook Drive;
  • North Park Community Center, 849 Sharpe Road;
  • Fairchild Community Center, 827 Front St.;
  • Public Works Building, 234 Summit Ave.;
  • Indian Valley Clubhouse, 1005 Indian Valley Drive;
  • Headquarters Fire Station, 215 S. Church St.;
  • Elmira Community Center, 810 Wicker St.;
  • Forest Hill Recreation Center, 227 Williamson St.;
  • Paramount Theater, 123 E. Front St.;
  • May Memorial Library, 342 Spring St.;
  • Belmont Water Lab Building, 1302 Belmont St.; and
  • Street Department Office Building, 235 E. Summit Ave.

The city expects to meet full ADA compliance in no more than 15 years while providing quarterly updates to NCDOT. The plan will be developed over 12–18 months, Lasater said. Funding will be determined after priorities and scheduling are done, Lasater said.

Since ADA was enacted in the 1990s, new facilities in Burlington have met ADA standards, the city says. Facilities not in compliance typically were built prior to 1990, the city says.

“The city is constantly making efforts to improve walkability and accessibility of facilities as we tackle projects and improvements around Burlington,” Lasater said. “The city has assembled a team of building inspectors, public work staff and the city’s safety director to begin the ADA assessment.”


Part of the American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan is public engagement. The city seeks input from:

  • People who represent a variety of disabilities;
  • Senior citizens;
  • Others who encounter barriers related to transportation, such as parents of children with disabilities;
  • People with experience and knowledge of ADA planning and requirements or also serve disabled populations; and
  • Interested city residents.

To take part, visit The online form will be on the city’s website until the transition plan is completed.

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