R6B, a contextual district, is proposed for all blocks along Grand Street and north of Metropolitan Avenue. This includes the blocks along Grand Street, as well as two blocks north of Metropolitan Avenue. Grand Street's predominantly 3-4 story context fits well into the R6B envelope. One of the blocks north of Metropolitan Avenue has an unusually uniform 3-story context and the other consists of one small triangular parcel.R6B is a typical row house district that includes height limits and street wall lineup provisions to ensure new buildings are consistent with the scale of the existing context. R6B permits residential and community facility uses to an FAR of 2.0. Base heights are required to be between 30 and 40 feet , and the maximum building height is 50 feet. New development in the proposed R6B district would be required to line up with adjacent structures to maintain the existing street wall. New multifamily residences in R6B districts must provide one off-street parking space for 50% of dwelling units.2
, also a contextual district, is proposed for the entire block bounded by Berry Street, Metropolitan Avenue, Bedford Avenue, and North 1st Street. Some buildings on this block rise to 55 and 60 feet tall while others are between 2 and 4 stories. This mixed context, along with the fact that Metropolitan Avenue is a wide street and a major thoroughfare, makes R6A the most appropriate zoning district for this block.
R6A is a typical apartment building district with height limits and street wall lineup provisions to ensure that new development would be in context with the scale of existing buildings. R6A permits residential and community facility uses to an FAR of 3.0. Base heights are required to be between 40 and 60 feet, and the maximum building height is 70 feet. Off-street parking is required for 50% of new residential units.
The proposed rezoning would also change most existing C1-3, C1-4, and C2-3 commercial overlays to C2-4 and would reduce overlay depths from 150 feet to 100 feet. This would allow a slightly wider range of local uses and prevent commercial uses from encroaching on the residential side streets.
See Zoning Comparisons Table for comparison of existing and proposed zoning districts.
2Under the proposed R6B zoning, subject to the Inclusionary Housing Program would have a base FAR of 2.0, bonusable to 2.2.