If you're a new property owner, you've probably got big plans for that parking lot. But you'll want to keep a few things in mind for the after care. From planning the actual parking spaces to long-term maintenance, here's what you need to do in order to be the envy of the block and save yourself from preventable repairs.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
It's been estimated that in the first ¾ of your parking lot's life, the condition and quality of the surface will decrease about 40%. Investing in maintenance during these early years tends to be cheaper because you're tackling preventative care before issues like cracks and potholes arise.
Here are a few things to do regularly to extend the life of your lot:
Arrange For Disabled Accessibility
With a few exceptions, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states you will need to make room for disabled-accessible parking spaces in your new parking lot. How many you provide, and the manner in which they are arranged and distributed, will be determined by how many total parking spots are available and the number of entrances to your building.
For the first 100 spaces, you need one accessible parking space per twenty-five spots. After that, the number of accessible spots required gets broken down as follows:
Once you reach the 501-1,000 range, 2% of the total number of parking spaces should be accessible. And for parking lots that have over 1,000 spaces, which are more common at large shopping malls, you'll need at least twenty handicapped accessible spaces plus one additional for each 100 spots over 1,000.
If your building has multiple entrances, the accessible spaces should be distributed evenly so that they are as close to each entrance as possible.
The parking spaces need to be eight feet wide, unless they are van-accessible, in which case you'll need to bump that number up to eleven. The access aisles—the space that's shared between the parking spots—should be a minimum of five feet in order to allow adequate room for loading and unloading of mobility devices.
There are other rules that pertain to what percentage of your lot needs to be van-accessible, what medical facilities should do, and how you place disabled parking signs. So be sure to consult the ADA for more specific information.
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12 July 2016
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