Merriman Street Accessibility

Word on the Street Theater is an interactive NOTA neighborhood festival of music, drama and dancing.


160 Merriman Street (Between Atlantic and University Avenues)

Rochester, NY 14607


Cassandra Kelly

Accessible Approach

  • Lift access from entrance
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts at drives, parking, and drop off

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • Street parking on Atlantic and University Avenues as Merriman Street to be blocked off
  • Sidewalks provide access to the area
  • Street recently chip-sealed so gravel will not hinder access – just slow progress with wheeled devices
  • No specific handicap parking spaces identified
  • Drop off location in lot (out of traffic) at barricades for paratransit user with accessible path on sidewalk to entrance


  • Outdoor venue: pathways are flexible – sidewalks may be crowded at times
  • 5’ space for turning a wheelchair completely
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths through public areas

Seats or Tables

  • Flexible (public space) – no tables or seating

Restrooms – available in nearby Writers & Books

(740 University Avenue)

Building Entrance

  • Rear entrance to building is accessible and provides direct access to the main floor
  • Entrance door has at least 32” of clear opening with at least 18” of clear wall on the pull side of door, next to handle
  • Threshold edge is accessible
  • Door handle no higher than 48” and operable with closed fist (opened with 5 pounds or less pressure)

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  • Fully accessible with pictograms used to identify restrooms (includes braille)
  • Doorway to restroom is at least 32” clear with accessible handles
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair (approximately 5’ diameter clear space to make turns
  • )36” wide path to all fixtures
  • Stall doors operable with a closed fist inside and out
  • Accessible stall with grab bars behind and on the side of wall nearest to the toilet
  • Toilet seat less than 19” high
  • Faucet operable with closed fist
  • Soap and paper towel dispenser not higher than 44”


Cassandra Kelly at cassandra@muccc.or

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