3rd time’s the charm for wheelchair ramp design

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A wheelchair ramp design for a century-old building in Vincennes has finally won a historic review board’s approval after the panel rejected the first two designs.

Historic Review Board President Brian Grumieaux had criticized an initial proposal that called for a ramp with a cinder block concrete facade, saying it would make Knox County’s probation department look “low rent.”

The Vincennes Sun-Commerical reports a revised ramp design for the 111-year-old Romanesque Revival style building called for using split-face ivory concrete, but also was rejected by the board because the ramp’s wall would have been too high.

A third design calling for a lower wall and split-face ivory concrete was finally approved last week, along with a plan to use an aluminum railing instead of rust-prone iron railings.

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