Toys R Us redesigns parking after handicapped violation found

Store in compliance with federal code

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 8:55 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 1:38 AM
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The Toys R Us on Wrightsboro Road has restriped its parking lot after a site inspection by The Augusta Chronicle found each of the business’s handicapped spots lacked a 5-foot-wide access aisle as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Toys R Us store on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta has restriped its parking lot to comply with ADA code.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
The Toys R Us store on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta has restriped its parking lot to comply with ADA code.

The redesign, planned and executed in early December, came a month after the newspaper examined more than 20 retail locations in Richmond and Columbia counties, and found five had handicapped parking spaces that were either improperly marked, had slopes too steep for vehicular wheelchair lifts or no access aisles at all, each a violation of federal code.

When Toys R Us was made aware of the problem in early November, spokeswoman Linda DeNotaris said company officials investigated the issue, but found that the store’s parking lot was built to code at the time of construction in the late 1980s. Tax records shows the toy store was built in 1985.

“Since no major changes have been made to the building and its parking lot since its construction, it was grandfathered in under a previous building code,” DeNotaris said in an e-mailed statement.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 and later revised in 2010 to include requirements for more van-accessible spaces, flatter access aisles and clearly marked “paths of travel” from handicapped parking spots to store entrances.

The amendment contained a “safe harbor” clause, stating that retailers would not be required to bring locations into compliance until regular alterations were planned.

DeNotaris said a redesign for handicapped parking access asiles was approved in late November and that work on parking lot reconfiguration began a short time later.

“We abide by ADA guidelines and are committed to ensuring our customers have a positive experience when visiting our stores,” she said.

OTHER ADA VIOLATIONS
  • Lowe's, 224 Bobby Jones Expressway, had two van-accessible handicap parking spaces that lacked marked access aisles. The company has restriped the spaces.
  • Wal-Mart, 260 Bobby Jones Expressway, had a van-accessible handicap parking space with an improperly located access aisle. The company corrected the access aisle.
  • Chili’s, 273 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, had van-accessible handicapped parking spaces without proper signs. “Van Accessible” signs have been added.
  • Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road, had an access aisle with a surface slope exceeding 2 percent. A 6 percent slope remains.
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iaaffg
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iaaffg 01/02/14 - 05:03 am
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so why doesn't the AC go
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so why doesn't the AC go investigate the ROADS we have to DRIVE on around here, you know, the ones where you can barely make out the white or yellow stripes up the middle or on the sides, and make a fuss about that? seems to me someone either has waaaaaay too much free time on their hands or priorities are majorly screwed up around here. methinks its probably the latter. the many must sacrifice for the few, as in all other aspects of life these days.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 01/02/14 - 06:06 am
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iaaffg Good Point

The roads need repair and to be restriped I agree, but there are no Corporate funds to do this. The county would have to pay and to much money is wasted on other things sometime I feel. You and I will pay for the work done in each parking lot in higher consumer prices to cover the cost of the repairs so you and I are still sacrificing to get these business locations in compliance.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:29 am
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Maintenance money is always stolen by politicians. New
Unpublished

construction $$ are also stolen but in a different way.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 08:29 am
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bdouglas
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bdouglas 01/02/14 - 09:42 am
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Priorities...

So the AC is now inspecting parking lots? Oughta spend that time on proofreading and fact checking stories before they get posted instead.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/02/14 - 01:09 pm
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I see Augusta Mall still refuses to fix its problems

The AC should revisit the FOOD Court entrance and NOTE the 2 just 2 handicap spaces. While the 80% unused Taxi stand continues to take up what originally were more handicap spaces long ago.

But, that's right Augusta Mall flipped the Bird to the AC when it pointed out ADA parking issues didn't it.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/02/14 - 03:10 pm
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It's been a minute but if I

It's been a minute but if I remember, those speed bumps in that parking lot are impressive. Like driving over a felled 50 year old pine tree.

SheilaJ15
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SheilaJ15 01/02/14 - 04:04 pm
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Sam's is the worst parking lot ever!

I think the way Sam's parking lot is designed should be in some type of violation. The parking lot is built practically on the side of a hill--it goes up into a steep incline. Since there are not enough handicap parking places for all handicap people, they have to park else where. Can you just imagine how those people in wheelchairs are going to get up that steep hill? It is hard enough on healthy customers who have to push heavy carts up that hill to get to their car, so it is even more of a burden for handicap people. I try to avoid going their just because of the way their parking lot is designed--I am one of those handicap people that can hardly every find a handicap parking place there.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/02/14 - 05:06 pm
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In all honesty

To many people have handicap parking permits that they should have turned in years ago, never should have gotten to start with, changed the expiration date, using their mother/dads/friends to run errands and payed a printer or used a scanner/INK JET Printer with 80lbs card stock and the Internet for a Image to make a few on private backside etc...

https://www.google.com/search?q=handicap+parking+permit+ga&client=firefo...

We need to get back to
ONLY IF you are in a wheelchair you get a tag or a card.

If you can get to the door, most stores have electric shopping wheelchairs any way. SO the law needs to keep up with progress.

A few more suggestions
start putting peoples PICTURE ON the Cards

Require expired temp card be returned.

Send reminders to return expired cards

Fine unreturned Temp card holders unless they have a stolen item police report.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 01/02/14 - 05:12 pm
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Reporting Abuse is easy

Enough real Handicap users got fed up and started a web site.
It already list its share of Georgia drivers caught.

http://www.handicappedfraud.org/

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/02/14 - 07:46 pm
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I have to say it really irks

I have to say it really irks me when people abuse a temporary tag for a family member and use it for their convenience, and people who just don't care and park in handicapped parking. I have to admit there is an old violent instinct to really make them handicapped so they would be parking legally. But then I would be just as bad and a criminal as they who park illegally in handicapped parking.

SheilaJ15
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SheilaJ15 01/02/14 - 09:21 pm
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Noco: I can walk short

Noco: I can walk short distances but after that I have a leg that completely collapses on me--due to nerve damage in my back. I don't go to stores that don't have electric wheelchairs because I can not walk around in them. I tried that once when a wheelchair was not available & the employees had to pick me up out of the middle of the store up off the floor. So no, I don't have a wheelchair to get to the door, but after that I have to have one. If I had to park in the back of a parking lot, then someone would have to pick me up off the payment before I made it to the door. So I don't agree with you that only people in wheelchairs should be able to us handicap parking. And I also get mad at the people I see abusing the handicap parking spaces--and also the "new mother or pregnant women" parking spaces. Now you talk about abusing a parking space, I have seen men park in those places & you know that they aren't pregnant or a new mother!

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