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CERTIFIED MAIL
May 7, 1975

Mr. Phillip Draper, Chairman of the Board
Center for Independent Living, Inc.
2054 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704

Ref: 2054 University Avenue Berkeley, California
Dear Mr. Draper:

On Tuesday, April 29, 1975, an inspection was made of the building at the above referenced address to determine the occupancy and exiting. The following is a list of violations requiring correction:

6th FLOOR:

  • 1. The required exit doors from the corridor to the fire escapes were locked, with passage to the fire escapes being unavailable. This shall be corrected in an approved manner.
  • 2. Proper exit signs must be provided as to size and/or location. Correct in an approved manner.

5th FLOOR:

  • 3. The doors to the fire escape from the corridor are locked. Passage to the fire escapes is not available from the corridor. Correct in an approved manner.
  • 4. The fire extinguisher shall be wall mounted not more than five (5) feet above the floor in a readily accessible location.

4th FLOOR:

  • 5. Exits to the fire escapes are blocked with storage. This shall be removed at once.
  • 6. There is a number of employees in this area in wheel chairs. The elevator is the only means of egress from the building for them.
  • 7. Exit signs are improper as to size and/or location. Same to be corrected in an approved manner.

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3rd FLOOR:

  • 8. Exit signs are improper as to size and/or location. Same to be corrected in an approved manner.

2nd FLOOR:

  • 9. Employees on this floor in wheel chairs, maximum number expected 20, have no means of egress from the building except for the elevator.

GENERAL:

  • 10. Provide approved nozzles for all wet standpipe hoses where missing.
  • 11. Provide approved covers for the inlets on the dry standpipe on the exterior of the building.

A check of the elevator indicates it to be in poor mechanical condition. It breaks down periodically. When this happens, the Fire Department is called and the handicapped people must be carried out bodily from the building. Even though there are two other means for a normal person to leave the building these are of no use to the person in the wheel chair. In case of fire, it would be almost impossible to remove these people.

In view of the above conditions, as noted on the second and fourth floors, now with plans to go to the sixth floor, we find it necessary to issue the following instructions: Please be advised this structure shall be provided with two (2) approved means of egress for wheel chair employees within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice, or shall be vacated.

Should further information be required, please call 644-6560 between the hours of 8:00 to 9:00 A.M. or 12:00 to 1:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Very truly yours,
JOHN S. ATKINS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
HOWARD J. MARDIS, BUILDING INSPECTOR
HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
ROBERT WALTON, FIRE INSPECTOR
FIRE PREVENTION DEPARTMENT
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