Greenfield movie theater could face closure for lack of disability access

Greenfield movie theater could face closure for lack of disability access


CIARA: GREENFIELD’S AGING MOVIE THEATER IS FACING A HARD DEADLINE, AND FINES. 22NEWS REPORTER JENNIFER ZARATE JOINS US FROM OUR FRANKLIN COUNTY BUREAU WHERE THE 90-YEAR-OLD THEATER COULD BE FORCED TO CLOSE NEXT MONTH. JENN: THE GREENFIELD GARDEN CINEMAS HAS 29 DAYS TO INSTALL A NEW WHEEL-CHAIR LIFT… OWNER GEORGE GHOL TOLD 22NEWS, THEY’VE SPENT MORE THAN $100-THOUSAND DOLLARS SINCE 2012 TO COMPLY WITH AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STANDARDS. BUT THE ARCHITECTURAL ACCESS BOARD HAS SET A JULY 19TH DEADLINE FOR THE THEATER TO INSTALL A NEW LIFT THAT’S ACCESSIBLE TO MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIRS. THE COST — AROUND $150-THOUSAND DOLLARS. GOHL’S URGING GARDEN SUPPORTERS TO CONTACT THE A.A.B. TO ASK FOR A DEADLINE EXTENSION. IF THEY FAIL TO MEET THE DEADLINE, THE GARDEN COULD BE CLOSED OR FINED ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY. GEORGE GOHL CO-OWNER, GREENFIELD GARDEN CINEMAS: WE DON’T HAVE THAT TYPE OF MONEY, BUT WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. I MEAN IT’S JUNE 19TH AND WE’VE GOT A MONTH LEFT, AND EVEN IF WE WERE TO PLACE THE ORDER TOMORROW, WE’RE TALKING 16 TO 17 WEEKS TO HAVING THIS NEW CHAIR LIFT INSTALLED. JENN: GOHL TOLD 22NEWS, THE CITY HAS OFFERED THE THEATER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO COVER THE COST FOR A NEW CHAIR LIFT. BUT THAT WILL TAKE TIME. HE NEEDS THAT DEADLINE EXTENSION. WE’LL CONTINUE TO COVER THIS STORY. LIVE IN GREENFIELD, JZ – 22NEWS.

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