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Parking Authority in stages to build ramp

Williamsport Parking Authority headquarters will soon be made accessible for all who go there for business or meetings, according to Dr. Anthony Cipolla, authority executive director.

A rendering of a ramp and some surveying of the building at the corner of West Third and Officer Thomas Hughes Lane (West Street), has been designed and done by Michael Snyder, with Gannett Fleming Architects in State College, said Todd Wright, of the authority staff, during a meeting this week with Mayor Derek Slaughter in attendance.

It is not anticipated the ramp at the authority building to cost in excess of $10,000, Wright said during an authority meeting earlier this week.

The authority board did not take a vote on the ramp project construction, which remains in design phase.

Snyder was the architect who designed a more costly project for access to City Hall that has been put on hold by City Council.

The design plan included an elevator modification and a ramp attached to the building on the West Fourth Street side.

After a complaint of inaccessibility issues at City Hall and throughout the city was filed by the Center for Independent Living, an agency providing services for the disabled, the city of Williamsport was required by the U.S. Department of Justice to list all of its public facilities’ accessibility to the disabled community.

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