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Architectural Access Board Mourns the Loss of Longtime Board Member Gerald "Jerry" LeBlanc

Jerry LeBlanc receives a Governor's Citation for his years of service as a member of the Architectural Access Board from then Chairman of the Board, Donald Lang.

Gerald "Jerry" LeBlanc, passed away, Thursday evening, November 21, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was 77. 

Born in Waltham to the late Ernest and Stella (Thibeault) LeBlanc, and survived by his step mother Angela LeBlanc. He was a lifelong resident of Waltham and a graduate of Saint Charles High School.
Jerry held several jobs during his life. He worked as a Realtor at Colonial Real Estate, he owned and operated a Fruit Market on Moody St., he worked at the Canadian Consulate General in Boston, he ran an access code consulting firm, and most recently he worked for the City of Waltham and Cambridge building departments as an Access Analyst. In addition to these jobs Jerry served on several boards including the Massachusetts State Architectural Access Board as the Chairman, the Waltham Handicap Services Commission, the Middlesex County Commissioners offices as Associate Commissioner, and the Waltham Board of Appeals. Jerry devoted his life to help people whether it was someone who needed a wheelchair ramp, a handicap sticker, getting curb cuts put in on sidewalks or raising money to help make changes to make Waltham a more accessible city. Jerry made himself available to anyone who needed help.

In his spare time Mr. LeBlanc enjoyed playing card and traveling to Europe especially Italy. He is survived by his loving wife Norma LeBlanc, his devoted children Jerry LeBlanc of Waltham, and Nancy LeBlanc of Waltham, and his bothers Richard LeBlanc of Salem, NH and Bruce LeBlanc of Waltham. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Jerry's memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Headquarters, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718, or by visiting

Jerry was an avid advocate and a member of the Architectural Access Board since the late 1980's (with time off from 1991-2001), voted by his fellow members of the Board to be the Chairman from 1987 to 1990, and then again from 2004 to 2009.  In his role as a member of the Board, Jerry’s consistent attendance and unbiased, educated, decision making skills were a great asset to the Board. He will be greatly missed, not only for his role as a great member of the Architectural Access Board, but as a great man in general. 

2013 Accessible Design Awards

On August 23, 2013,  the Architectural Access Board and the Boston Society of Architects held the awards ceremony for the 2013 Best Accessible Design Awards. For more details about the ceremony, please click here .

Architectural Access Board Kiosk 

The Architectural Access Board now has an information kiosk within the office, which is available to review any cases that have been scanned. The system can be searched by the following fields: type of docket (complaint or variance), docket number, year, and the building name, address, and/or city/town. For a fee of $5.00, a disk can be made available to you to copy any information to.  Use of the kiosk will have to be scheduled, so please make sure to call or e-mail the AAB Staff  to schedule a time to come to the office to utilize the kiosk.  

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The Architectural Access Board is aware of the difficulty in complying with the literal language of Section 10.3 when it is not known who the occupants of dwelling units will be prior to construction. Therefore, it is the Board's opinion that when designing and laying out parking lots reserved for tenants of multiple dwellings, when fifteen or more spaces are provided the number of accessible parking spaces provided shall be determined by Section 23.2.1 (Formula for Required Minimum Number of Accessible Spaces) of 521 CMR at the time of initial construction. When less than fifteen spaces are provided, a minimum of one accessible parking space must be capable of being provided. The AAB will be amending its regulations in the future, however, in the interim, compliance with Section 23.2.1 will satisfy Section 10.3 of 521 CMR in regards to the number of accessible parking spaces to be allotted for dwelling unit occupants.

This interpretation was unanimously accepted by the Board Members on April 8, 2006.

Notice Regarding 521 CMR 39.4: Location of Control, viz Location of Light Switches within the 18 inch Latch Pull-Side of the Door


You may file complaints with the AAB electronically.

Microsoft WORD versions of AAB complaint forms are available for download, and can be completed on your PC and returned by E-mail to the AAB.

Completed forms are to be returned to Thomas P. Hopkins, AAB Director.

Due to staffing limitations the AAB is no longer able to conduct plan reviews of buildings or parts of a building or facility.