Just spent a remarkably pleasant hour with a contractor who is familiar with ADA requirements.
He confirms what I’ve been saying: This apartment, especially my kitchen, is not ADA compliant, nor does it meet my access needs.
The apartment was apparently “adapted” and offered as an accessible unit to bring the building into compliance with ADA regs about how many accessible units must be available per total rental units. However, it’s spatially not suited to that, the modifications were done wrong, and it’s generally a mess.
He listened to my needs, took measurements for the kitchen and said he would try to come up with workable solutions.
It only took 5 years.
Next step: Don’t have an anxiety attack about contractors needing to work in here again.