1. classify the occupancy, sounds like an "A"
2. meet required life safety requirements per code adopted
such as exiting, exit signs, emergency lighting, possible panic hardware, possible fire alarm, possible fire sprinkler system, etc.
and that is even if you let one person in and do not charge or even if you take donations.
so with that said what do they want you to do???
Draw up floor plans showing exit routes and install temporary lighting. (Done)
Show them our plans for the scheduled events and what each of the events entails (done)
This was all required for approval for our Halloween opening and completed prior to meeting with the city on Friday the 17th.
They have now decided that we should also hire an architect to tell us that we need the following:
Temporary Railing (we already agreed to provide)
Exit signs (done)
second entrance and exit (done)
Our problem is we are trying to get this done for Halloween. We are willing to do everything they have asked but the Mayor keeps changing what he wants. He has made it something personal and then hides behind he is doing it for public safety.
no building department??
Have him give you a complete list in writing and due dates, that way you can pin him down, and also last resort go to the media and ask them to look into what is going on.
A little pr helps some times.
you might find a arch e tech or code consulatant that will do some pro bono work
there should also be an appeals process, but with the timeline you are tryng to meet may not do any good except in the long run of the project
They refuse to get us a list of requirements, they want us to hire an architect and him provide them with a list of requirements. The inspector told us pretty much what they expected and we agreed to do each of those things yet they still want us to hire one so we have done that also last Friday late after the meeting at 4:00 pm/. We are juust on such a crunch as far as time and looking for some help from the city rather than more hurddles.
It would not surprise me if the State Fire Marshal did not come in because the Mayor has already called the EPA twice and they have been to the property on both occassions. They have not had any problems with us to this point.
The Mayor had said we were burning items from inside the building, the only thing burned outside was brush from our clean-up days, which is per city ordinances. The second complaint to the EPA was regarding barrels in the building, which there are none, they checked both out and found nothing. Why would they think there would be barrels of anything in an old State Hospital?
We had a fundraiser and we were expecting 1,000 people, we had 4,500 people show up wanting this building saved. It is even on the city emblem and the police emblem.
Everyone wants it restored just no one wanted to do it. I chose to do it because it was mentioned in the ad I seen that the limestone blocks could be used elsewhere.
The structure is amazing, 20 plus inch exterior walls, and a great gothic look.
That said, how did it go for your Holloween ghost tour?