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§27-292.8 Adaptable Dwelling Units
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(a) General requirements. (1) Adaptable dwelling units are units that contain habitable rooms, kitchens, kitchenettes and bathrooms in residential buildings other than in occupancy group J-3 which when constructed are on an accessible route (except as set forth in this subdivision) and are constructed and equipped as defined in section 27-232 and as set forth in this subarticle so that they can be converted to be used, with a minimum of structural change, by all categories of people having physical disabilities. (2) Such units shall be provided with door widths and clear floor spaces for making dwelling units usable as set forth in reference standard RS 4-6 when occupied by people having physical disabilities. (3) Interior access, floor surfaces, adaptable kitchens, adaptable kitchenettes and adaptable bathrooms in these dwelling units shall comply with the requirements set forth in reference standard RS 4-6. (4) Where an adaptable dwelling unit occupies two or more stories within itself, accessibility shall only be required at the first story of such dwelling unit provided that: a. The second story is accessible from without; or that b. Equivalent accessible functional facilities are provided on the first story; or that c. The stair within the dwelling unit has a minimum width of three feet. (b) Number of adaptable dwelling units. - (1) All dwelling units in buildings with elevators shall be adaptable unless usable dwelling units are provided in accordance with section 27-292.9. (2) At least one but not less than twenty-five percent of the total number of dwelling units in buildings without an elevator, which have dwelling units on the ground floor and which contain three or more dwelling units, shall be adaptable, unless usable dwelling units are provided in accordance with section 27-292.9. Such adaptable dwelling unit(s) shall be located on the ground floor. Where determination by percentage results in a number containing a decimal of 0.5 or more, the next higher number shall be used, but such number shall not exceed the number of dwelling units actually proposed for the ground floor. (c) Adaptable bathrooms, kitchens and kitchenettes.- Adaptable bathrooms, kitchens and kitchenettes within adaptable dwelling units shall be constructed and equipped in accordance with requirements set forth in reference standard RS 4-6 with respect to the following: Access doorway or opening Clear floor space Floor surface Bathroom, kitchen and kitchenette facilities and controls capable of being made usable Space and utilities for usable range, (or cooktop or oven), refrigerator/freezer, (dishwasher if provided). Such items shall include water closet and toilet paper dispenser, lavatory and removable base cabinet, mirrors, medicine cabinet, bathtub and controls, bathtub and shower enclosure, reinforced areas for grab bars, clearance between opposing base cabinets, counter tops, appliances and walls, adjustable or replaceable sink and removable base cabinet, as well as storage cabinets, drawers and shelves. (d) Washing machines and clothes dryers within adaptable dwelling units. - Where washing machines and clothes dryers are located within adaptable dwelling units, they shall comply with or be capable of being converted to the requirements set forth in reference standard RS 4-6. (e) Emergency warning devices within adaptable dwelling units. - Emergency warning devices within adaptable dwelling units shall be capable of being converted to audible and visual indication as required and to conform to the requirements set forth in subchapter seventeen, article six, reference standard RS 17-11, reference standard RS 17-12 and reference standard RS 4-6.
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