A former operator at the Beverly Golf & Tennis Club has filed a complaint with the state of Massachusetts over the Club’s lack of handicap access. A follow-up investigation determined that the city of Beverly must meet ADA guidelines and make the club handicap accessible by the end of the year. In its ruling, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board mandated that the updates include ramps, an elevator and a wheelchair lift totaling roughly $500,000.
Thomas Hopkins, executive director of the Architectural Access Board, said the clubhouse had been in violation of accessibility laws since 2003 adding that the city could be fined $1,000 per day for each violation if it fails to comply by the Dec. 31 deadline.
Regardless of its seemingly nonchalant approach to the ongoing accessibility flaws, Beverly city officials maintain that the work was set to be done anyway, regardless of the filed complaint.
“We had plans for that all along,” Mayor Bill Scanlon said. “I think we might be doing it a couple of months faster [because of the state investigation].”
Hopkins agreed, saying, “I think there was quite a bit of sincerity on their part to move forward.”
Next steps for the project include a building accessibility analysis and public hearing, both slated for early July, before construction would begin later this summer.