The M1-6M zone is a 10 FAR zoning district that allows
for commercial and light manufacturing uses and limited residential conversions.
M1-6M provisions are intended to control the conversion of manufacturing
and commercial space into residences but not to restrict the replacement
of manufacturing uses with conforming commercial uses. Thus, development
of a wide range of commercial, light manufacturing and related uses is
permitted as a matter of right, and conversion to residential uses is permitted
in limited circumstances.
Floor area within a building in the M1-6M district may be converted to
residential use in one of four ways:
Pursuant to Section 15-20 of the Zoning Resolution, the conversion of
floor area to residential use is permitted by certification of the Chair
of the City Planning Commission that floor area has been preserved for
commercial or manufacturing uses either within that building or a comparable
building. The preservation requirement is equal to one-third of the floor
area of buildings on lots with an area of less than 5,000 square feet and
two-thirds of the floor area in buildings on lots with an area equal to
or greater than 5,000 square feet. It is possible to reduce this requirement
pursuant to Section 15-212 provided that the floor area being preserved
is a manufacturing and commercial use listed in Section 15-50.
Section 74-711 allows, by CPC special permit, for the modification of use
in existing buildings located within an historic district if it is found
that such modification will contribute to a preservation purpose. Because
the special permit is applicable only to sites that contain an existing building,
the parking lots in the rezoning area are not eligible to apply for the special
The provisions of Section 15-20 provide a waiver
of the preservation of floor area obligations within the historic
district by authorization of the
provided that the faade of the building being converted is fully restored.
Section 74-782 allows for residential conversions by special permit
provided that the Commission finds that the building owner has made a good
to rent the building to a conforming use at a fair market rent for
a minimum of one year.