Westchester Has New Design Standards For Residential Housing

On July 11, the Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously approved a bill requiring Universal Design Standards in all county funded, new residential construction. The primary purpose is to help occupants of these properties that are elderly or disabled to stay in their homes as independently and as long as possible. Among other things the new bill requires that no-step entries, one story living spaces, wider doorways and hallways, turn around floor space, grab bars, removable cabinets and reachable switches be incorporated into at least 50% off all housing units which receive some form of support from the county with regards to funding.

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