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Posted on: March 7, 2018

New permissible first floor units in B-1 and B-1b

The B-1 and B-1b Neighborhood Business zones are intended to foster mixed-use development in its traditional form, with residential uses located over ground-floor commercial spaces, but that is somewhat incompatible with fair housing laws which require that residential projects of four or more units to provide ADA accessible ground-floor units where no elevator exists, or make all units and common spaces accessible in a building where an elevator does exist.

As a result of site conditions and both market and regulatory constraints, the installation of an elevator for universal building access in small-scale mixed-use projects is oftentimes challenging if not cost prohibitive.

In response, the City Council approved amendments to the B-1 and B-1b zones to establish less prescriptive regulatory standards that still facilitate mixed-use development. Units are now permitted as either live/work units, permissible within any location on the ground floor, or as straight residential units, permitted in ground-floor locations where a minimum depth of 25 feet along the principal street frontage is maintained for active commercial uses.

Order 170-17/18
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