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Not up to code, construction begins at Northampton’s City Hall

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Starting on Monday, the sidewalks and parking lot behind Northampton City Hall will be closed.

This, as the city tries to make improvements for all of its residents who use the building. 

The goal is to make the area more accessible for residents who are handicapped, as well as safer for those crossing onto Main Street.

The project will get started on Monday and is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Last Thursday, Northampton’s mayor, David Narkewicz, made the announcement that the temporary closures must be made for the improvements.

Construction includes extensive sidewalk upgrades throughout the building in compliance with the American Disability Act, amended in 1990, which provides equal opportunity for people with mental or physical disabilities. Other upgrades include improved handicap parking in the back of the building.

Northampton’s Disability Commission identified this area as a top priority for improvement so all can access City Hall safely. 

The upgrades are made possible through a $250,000 grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disability, whose goal it is to ensure equal participation of all people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

While the parking lot remains closed, the two zip cars, or rental cars, will be moved to the municipal lot off of Old South Street until construction is finished.

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