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New fire station stands empty due to ASA issues

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POSTED May 31, 2015 8:37 p.m.

SANTA ROSA (AP) — A $4 million fire station that was supposed to open in Santa Rosa in April remains unused while city inspectors figure out if the structure’s kitchen, dining room and bathrooms need to be wheelchair-accessible.

The Press Democrat newspaper reports that the 5,300-square foot building features a parking space designated for disabled people, a lobby counter set low enough for wheelchair users to reach and an accessible pathway out front.

But a last-minute walk-through by inspectors trained in the requirements of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act identified 43 potential deficiencies.

Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner told the Press Democrat he is all for making the new station compliant, but thinks some of the detected flaws are silly because they involve work areas and features such as radio control knobs that only able-bodied firefighters would use.

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