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§ 14-502. /Ctr, Center City Overlay District.

The /CTR, Center City Overlay district is established in order to preserve the existing character and encourage the revitalization of the Center City area.

(a) District Boundaries.

The /CTR Overlay district, beginning at its northwest boundary and proceeding east, is the area bounded by Poplar Street, 6th Street, West Girard Avenue, Frankford Avenue, North Delaware Avenue, Beach Street, East Columbia Avenue, the Delaware River, Reed Street, Front Street, Washington Avenue, Grays Ferry Avenue, Ellsworth Street, and the Schuylkill River, as shown on the /CTR Overlay district map for illustrative purposes only.

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(b) Area Boundaries.

The standards and regulations of this section apply to the areas within the /CTR Overlay district set forth as follows:

(.1) Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area.

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area, beginning at its southwest boundary and proceeding east, is bounded by the Schuylkill River, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, North 23rd Street, Arch Street, North 22nd Street, Walden Street, North 21st Street, Cuthbert Street, North 19th Street, Arch Street, North 18th Street, Vine Street, Franklin Town Boulevard, North 17th Street, Brandywine Street, North 21st Street, Fairmount Avenue, North 22nd Street, and Aspen Street, following a line extending from the center line of Aspen Street west to the Schuylkill River.

(.2) Broad Street Area.

The Broad Street Area consists of:

(.a) South: Lots fronting on Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.

(.b) North: Lots fronting on Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Poplar Street.

(.c) Mid-North: Lots fronting on Broad Street between John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Spring Garden Street.

(.d) Central: Lots fronting on Broad Street between South Street and Spring Garden Street.

(.e) Mid-South: Lots zoned CMX-5 in the area bounded by Spruce Street, Juniper Street, Cypress Street, Watts Street, Pine Street and Broad Street.

(.3) Center City Commercial Area.

The Center City Commercial Area consists of any lot fronting on or located within 200 ft. of any of the following streets:

(.a) Chestnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.b) Walnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.c) Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.

(.d) Market Street between Front Street and Fifth Street.

(.4) City Hall Area.

The City Hall area is the area bounded by Arch Street, 16th Street, Chestnut Street, and 13th Street.

(.5) City Hall Sign Area.

The City Hall sign area consists of City Hall, lots fronting on any street bounding City Hall, and lots fronting on Broad Street from Arch Street to Chestnut Street.

(.6) City Hall View Corridor, Northeast.

City Hall View Corridor, Northeast is the area not more than 260 ft. on either side of the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east, beginning at City Hall Tower, and within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden street to the north and the west side of 4th street to the east.

(.a) Northeast 1: The portion of the City Hall View Corridor, Northeast within 100 ft. on either side of the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east as measured through the center line of City Hall Tower.

(.b) Northeast 2: The portion of the City Hall View Corridor, Northeast that is more than 100 ft. from the line bearing north 59 degrees 51 minutes 20 seconds east as measured through the center line of City Hall Tower.

(.7) City Hall View Corridor, Southeast.

City Hall View Corridor, Southeast is:

(.a) Southeast 1: The area which lies between the line bearing south 54 degrees 45 minutes 29 seconds east and the line bearing south 53 degrees nine minutes 45 seconds east, and which is at least 7,165 ft. from that point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinate South Zone Map.

(.b) Southeast 2: The area which lies between the line bearing south 53 degrees nine minutes 45 seconds east and the line bearing south 48 degrees 49 minutes 59 seconds east, and which is at least 7,165 ft. from that point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinate South Zone Map.

(.8) Chestnut and Walnut Street Area.

The Chestnut and Walnut Street Area consists of lots fronting on Chestnut or Walnut Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) East: The portion of the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area that is east of 7th Street.

(.b) West: The portion of the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area that is west of 7th Street.

(.9) Chinatown Area.

The Chinatown area is the area bounded by Vine Street, the west edge of the Center City Commuter Connection Tunnel east of Ninth Street, Arch Street, and 11th Street; and lots with frontage on Camac Street between Vine Street and Race Street. The Chinatown area is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) North: The portion of the Chinatown Area that is north of the rear lot lines of lots fronting on the north side of Arch Street between 9th Street and 10th Street, and north of Appletree Street between 10th Street and 11th Street.

(.b) South: The portion of the Chinatown Area that is bounded by Race Street, the westerly edge of the Center City Commuter Connection Tunnel east of 9th Street, Arch Street, and 11th Street.

(.10) Convention Center Area.

The Convention Center Area consists of lots fronting on Broad Street between Race Street and Arch Street.

(.11) Independence Hall Area.

The Independence Hall Area consists of Independence Mall and Independence National Historic Park, as defined by the U.S. National Park Service and shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only, and lots adjacent to the boundaries of the Independence Mall and Independence National Historic Park.

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(.12) John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area.

The John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area consists of lots fronting on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.13) Locust Street Area.

The Locust Street Area consists of lots fronting on Locust Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.14) Logan Square Area.

The Logan Square area consists of Logan Square and lots fronting on any street bounding Logan Square.

(.15) Market Street Area.

The Market Street Area consists of lots fronting on Market Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) East: The portion of the Market Street Area between Front Street and 5th Street.

(.b) West: The portion of the Market Street Area between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.16) Minimum Building Height Area.

The Minimum Building Height Area consists of lots on the south side of any of the following streets:

(.a) John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.b) Market Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River.

(.c) Sansom Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 130 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 130 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.

(.d) Locust Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 100 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 230 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.

(.e) Spruce Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River, except within 100 ft. east of the east side of Broad Street or within 230 ft. west of the west side of Broad Street.

(.17) Old City Residential Area.

The Old City Residential area is bounded by Spring Garden Street, 2nd Street, Callowhill Street, 6th Street, Vine Street, 5th street, Walnut Street, Front Street, a line extending from the north street line of Market Street to the Delaware Expressway, the Delaware Expressway, Wood Street and Christopher Columbus Boulevard. The Old City Residential area is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) Central: the area bounded by Wood Street, 6th Street, Vine Street, the east street line of 5th Street, the north property line of all properties fronting on the north side of Market Street, and the Delaware Expressway.

(.b) Bridge Approach: the area bounded by 3rd Street, New Street, the west side of I-95, and Race Street.

(.18) Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area.

The Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area consists of (a) any lot with frontage on Arch Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Market Street, Chestnut Street, Sansom Street, Walnut Street, Locust Street, Spruce Street, Pine Street, Lombard Street, or South Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River; and (b) any lot with frontage on Broad Street between South Penn Square and Washington Avenue.

(.19) Parkway Buffer Area.

The Parkway Buffer area is:

(.a) Northwest: the area within the boundary lines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square and within 200 ft. of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square, between Fairmount Park and 18th Street.

(.b) Southeast: the area within the boundary lines of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and within 200 ft. of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between Broad Street and 18th Street.

(.20) Residential Parking Control Area.

The Residential Parking Control Area is the portion of the /CTR Overlay district that is south of Chestnut Street.

(.21) Rittenhouse Square.

The Rittenhouse Square area is the area within 425 ft. of the street frontages of Rittenhouse Square.

(.22) South Street/Head House Square Area.

The South Street/Head House Square area consists of all lots within the area depicted on the South Street/Head House Square Area map and is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) Central: The portion of South Street/Head House Square Area that fronts on South Street.

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(.23) Southwark National Historic District.

The Southwark National Historic District boundaries are: beginning at the southwest corner of Front and Lombard Streets and continuing south along the west side of Front Street to Catherine Street; then east on Catherine Street to the rear property lines of the houses on the east side of Front Street (from Catherine Street to Queen Street); then south along these property lines to the rear property lines of the houses on the north side of Queen Street; then extending along these lines east to Delaware Avenue; then south along Delaware Avenue to Washington Avenue; then west along Washington Avenue to the Northwest corner of 5th Street and Washington Avenue; then north along the west side of 5th Street (including all those buildings located on the west side of 5th Street) to the southwest corner of 5th Street and Lombard Street; then east along the south of Lombard Street (including all those buildings or the south side of Lombard Street) to the southwest corner of Front and Lombard Streets, the place of beginning, being that area which is designated as a historical area on the National Register of Historic Places on the 19th of May, 1972.

(.24) Spruce Street Area.

The Spruce Street Area consists of lots fronting on Spruce Street between Front Street and the Schuylkill River and is further subdelineated as follows:

(.a) East: The portion of the Spruce Street Area between Front Street and Broad Street.

(.25) Vine Street Area.

The Vine Street Area is bounded by Spring Garden Street (extended); the Schuylkill River; Race Street (extended); and the Delaware River.

(.26) Washington Square.

The Washington Square area is the area within 150 ft. of the street frontages of Washington Square.

(.27) South Street West.

The South Street West area is bounded by South Street, 15th Street, Kater Street, and 16th Street.

(.28) Market Street East Retail Area.

The Market Street East Retail Area is bounded by Market Street, 8th Street, Filbert Street, and 11th Street.

(.29) Center City Commercial District Control Area.

The Center City Commercial District Control Area shall include all lots within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden Street (excluding lots with street frontages on the south side of Spring Garden Street from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River), the Delaware River, both sides of South Street (extended), and the Schuylkill River.

(.30) Center City Residential District Control Area.

The Center City Residential District Control Area shall include all lots within the area bounded by the south side of Spring Garden Street (excluding lots with street frontages on the south side of Spring Garden Street from Broad Street to the Schuylkill River), the Delaware River, Washington Avenue (extended), and the Schuylkill River.

(.31) Rittenhouse Square Residential Area.

The Rittenhouse Square Residential Area includes all properties on both sides of the street known as Rittenhouse Square (located between Spruce Street and Locust Street) between 20th street and 21st street.

(.32) Society Hill Area.

The Society Hill Area is bounded by Walnut Street, 8th Street, Lombard Street, and the Delaware River.

(c) Additional Regulations Elsewhere.

The bulk and massing controls of § 14-701(5) (CMX-4 and CMX-5 Bulk and Massing Controls) may apply to certain CMX-4 and CMX-5-zoned lots located in the /CTR Overlay district.

(d) /CTR Summary Table.

Table 14-502-1, below, summarizes the standards and regulations of this § 14-502 (/CTR, Center City Overlay District). In the event of conflict between the provisions of Table 14-502-1 and the text of this Zoning Code, the text shall govern.

Table 14-502-1: /CTR Summary Table {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}

Area

Height Controls

Setback / Build-To Controls

Supple- mental Use Controls

Parking & Loading Controls

Sign Controls

Special Review Controls

Bulk and Massing Controls

Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area

§ 14-502(3)(d)

§ 14-502(6)(a)

Broad Street Area

South

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(6)(a); § 14-502(6)(f)

§ 14-502(8)(a)

North

§ 14-502(5)

Mid-North

§ 14-502(3)(k)

§ 14-502(6)(b)

Central

§ 14-502(4)(a)

§ 14-502(6)(e)

Mid-South

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(6)(i)

Center City Commercial Area

§ 14-502(7)(b)

Center City Commercial District Control Area

§ 14-502(3)(l)

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(9)(c)

Center City Residential District Control Area

§ 14-502(4)(c)

City Hall Area

§ 14-502(3)(a)

City Hall Sign Area

§ 14-502(7)(k)

City Hall View Corridor, Northeast

§ 14-502(3)(b)

City Hall View Corridor, Southeast

§ 14-502(3)(c)

Chestnut and Walnut Street Area

§ 14-502(3)(k)

§ 14-502(4)(a)

§ 14-502(6)(a); § 14-502(6)(f)

§ 14-502(8)(a)

East

§ 14-502(5)

West

§ 14-502(5)

Chinatown Area

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(6)(f)

North

§ 14-502(3)(i)

South

§ 14-502(7)(i)

Convention Center Area

§ 14-502(7)(a)

Independence Hall Area

§ 14-502(3)(g)

§ 14-502(4)(b)

§ 14-502(7)(g)

§ 14-502(8)(b)

John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area

§ 14-502(4)(a)

Locust Street Area

§ 14-502(4)(a)

§ 14-502(6)(a)

Logan Square Area

§ 14-502(7)(l)

Market Street Area

§ 14-502(6)(a); § 14-502(6)(e)

East

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(8)(a)

West

§ 14-502(4)(a)

Market Street East Retail Area

§ 14-502(7)(m)

Minimum Building Height Area

§ 14-502(3)(j)

Old City Residential

§ 14-502(5)

§ 14-502(6)(f)

Central

§ 14-502(3)(h)

Bridge Approach

§ 14-502(9)(a)

Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area

§ 14-502(6)(d)

Parkway Buffer

§ 14-502(6)(f)

§ 14-502(7)(c)

§ 14-502(8)(b)

Northwest

§ 14-502(3)(e)

Southeast

§ 14-502(3)(f)

Residential Parking Control Area

§ 14-502(6)(c)

Rittenhouse Square

§ 14-502(7)(j)

Society Hill

§ 14-502(5)

South Street/Head House Square

§ 14-502(5)

Central

§ 14-502(4)(a)

§ 14-502(6)(a)

South Street West

§ 14-502(6)(h)

§ 14-502(9)(b)

Southwark National Historic District

§ 14-502(7)(h)

Spruce Street Area

§ 14-502(4)(a)

East

§ 14-502(6)(a)

Vine Street Area

§ 14-502(7)(e)

Washington Square

§ 14-502(7)(f)

The following height regulations apply to the areas set forth in each subsection. To the extent a property is subject to a height maximum set forth in this § 14-502(3) (Height Regulations) and a height maximum set forth elsewhere in this Code, the smaller maximum shall apply. Except for the City Hall area, the accompanying height control maps are for illustrative purposes only.

(a) City Hall.

The maximum height within the City Hall area is identified on Height Control Area Map 1.A.

(b) City Hall View Corridor Northeast.

(See Height Control Area Map 1.B.) The maximum height (measured from zero ft. City Datum) within the City Hall View Corridor Northeast area is as follows:

(.1) Northeast 1: 330 ft.

(.2) Northeast 2: The maximum height increases from 330 ft. along a 45 degree recession plane from the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 1 to the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 2, such that the maximum height at the outer edge of Northeast View Corridor 2 is 490 ft.

(c) City Hall View Corridor Southeast.

(See Height Control Area Map 1.C.) The maximum height (measured from zero ft. City Datum) within the City Hall View Corridor Southeast area shall be determined by the following formulas, where "d" is the horizontal distance in feet from the point on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps designated as N240740, E2719920 on the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinates South Zone Map, to the point of the building closest to such point on the steps.

(.1) Southeast 1: (d x 0.05705) + 90 ft.

(.2) Southeast 2: (d x 0.02586) + 90 ft.

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(d) Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area.

(.1) The maximum height within the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Area, except as provided in § 14-502(3)(d)(.2) below, is 125 ft. (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). This 125-foot height limit does not apply to monuments, belfries, cupolas, minarets, pinnacles, gables, spires, or ornamental towers not intended for human occupancy, provided that the total height of the structure and excepted items does not exceed a maximum height of 209 ft.

(.2) The maximum height within the area bounded by 23rd Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, the Schuylkill River, and the center line of the right-of-way of SEPTA is 500 ft. The maximum height within the area bounded by 23rd Street, the center line of the right-of-way of SEPTA, the Schuylkill River, and Cherry Street is 300 ft. These 500-foot and 300-foot height limits do not apply to penthouses or roof structures for the housing of elevators, stairways, tanks, ventilating fans, heating and cooling towers, or similar equipment required to operate and maintain the building.

(e) Parkway Buffer Area, Northwest.

This § 14-502(3)(e) applies to the Northwest Parkway Buffer Area (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

(.1) Religious Assembly.

Buildings used for religious assembly (e.g., churches and temples) fronting on or facing toward the Benjamin Franklin Parkway are exempt from this § 14-502(3)(e) (Parkway Buffer Area, Northwest).

(.2) Main Cornice Line.

The maximum height of the main cornice line may not exceed the width of the building facade fronting on the Parkway Drive or facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway or Logan Square. In no case may the height of the main cornice line exceed the following:

(.a) Properties with street frontage on Parkway Drive or Logan Square: 80 ft.

(.b) Properties between 20th Street and Fairmount Park, but without frontage on Parkway Drive: 160 ft.

(.3) Above the Cornice Line.

No portion of the building, except pediment or attic wall, may exceed the height of the cornice, unless the portion above the cornice recedes from the plane of each building wall face at least as far as said portion extends above the cornice line. In no case may the height of any portion of a building exceed the following:

(.a) Properties between Fairmount Park and the Crescent: 100 ft.

(.b) Properties between the Crescent and 18th Street: 160 ft.

(.c) Properties between 20th Street and Fairmount Park: 180 ft.

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(f) Parkway Buffer Area, Southeast.

This § 14-502(3)(f) applies to the Southeast Parkway Buffer Area (See Height Control Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

(.1) Religious Assembly.

Buildings used for religious assembly (e.g., churches and temples) fronting on or facing toward the Parkway are exempt from this § 14-502(3)(f) (Parkway Buffer Area, Southeast).

(.2) Main Cornice Line.

The maximum height of the main cornice line shall be three times the width of the building facade fronting on or visible at ground level within the boundaries of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In no case may the height of the main cornice line exceed the following:

(.a) Between Broad and 17th Streets: 230 ft.

(.b) Between 17th and 18th Streets: 200 ft.

(.3) Above the Cornice Line.

No portion of the building, except pediment or attic wall, may exceed the height of the cornice, unless the portion above the cornice recedes from the plane of each building wall face at least as far as said portion extends above the cornice line. In no case may the height of any portion of a building exceed the following:

(.a) Between Broad and 17th Streets: 268 ft.

(.b) Between 17th and 18th Streets: 245 ft.

(g) Independence Hall Area.

This § 14-502(3)(g) applies to the Independence Hall Area (See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).

(.1) The building height limitations of this subsection shall not apply to the following portions of Independence National Historical Park:

(.a) Old Christ Church;

(.b) Franklin Court; or

(.c) South of Walnut Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, except for any building with street frontage on Walnut Street.

(.2) No building or portion of the exterior of a building in the Independence Hall Area shall be constructed, reconstructed, erected, or altered if the proposed construction, reconstruction, erection, or alteration will exceed 45 ft. in height, measured to any cornice line within 25 ft. of the established building line. Any chimney, penthouse, or other structure, whether attached to a building by its own weight or otherwise, shall be considered to be part of that building, and, within 25 ft. of the established building line, shall not exceed in height above the cornice line of the building the amount of its setback from the established building line.

(h) Old City Residential Area, Central.

Except for the Bridge Approach area, as defined in subsection (2)(b)(.17)(.b), above, the maximum height within the Central Old City Residential Area shall be 65 ft.(See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).

(i) Chinatown Area, North.

The maximum height within the North Chinatown Area shall be 65 ft. Additions to buildings in existence on August 8, 1989 that do not increase the gross floor area of the building by more than 100% may be built to a height not to exceed the height of the existing building. (See Height Control Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only.)

(j) Minimum Building Height Area.

Buildings located on lots that are zoned RMX-3, CMX-4, or CMX-5 in the Minimum Building Height Area shall have a minimum height of 25 ft. (See Height Control Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only).

(k) Chestnut/Walnut/Broad Street Cornice Controls.

The main cornice line on any building in any of the following areas may not be less than 25 ft. above the sidewalk level (See Height Control Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only).

(.1) Chestnut and Walnut Street Area.

(.2) Commercially-zoned lots located in the Mid-North Broad Street Area.

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(l) Center City Commercial District Control Area.

For lots zoned CMX-2, the maximum height shall be 55 ft., provided that:

(.1) The lot has frontage on at least three streets, with two intersecting streets that have a minimum width of 50 ft.; and

(.2) For portions of any structure above 38 ft. in height, the occupied area shall not exceed:

(.a) For lots that cover less than an entire block: 30% of the total area of the block.

(.b) For lots that cover an entire block: 60% of the total area of the block; and

(.3) For any lot frontage facing a street of 35 ft. or less in width, the first 9 ft of lot depth shall have a maximum building height of 38 ft.

The following setback/build-to regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection (See Setback/Build-to Regulations Area map for illustrative purposes only.)

(a) Build-To Area.

Buildings must extend to the street line for at least 65% of the lot frontage in the following areas:

(.1) RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5 lots in the:

(.a) Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;

(.b) Locust Street Area;

(.c) Spruce Street Area;

(.d) John F. Kennedy Boulevard Area;

(.e) West Market Street Area.

(.2) Commercially-zoned lots in the Central Broad Street Area.

(.3) All lots in the Central South Street/Head House Square Area.

(b) Independence Hall Area.

No building or portion of the exterior of a building in the Independence Hall Area shall be constructed, reconstructed, erected, or altered if the proposed construction, reconstruction, erection, or alteration will extend beyond any building line established as of July 29, 1954 or thereafter.

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(c) Center City Residential District Control Area.

(.1) For lots zoned RSA-5 or RM-1 the minimum lot size shall be 1,080 sq. ft., provided that:

(.a) The lot meets the minimum lot width requirement of the zoning district;

(.b) The lot does not contain a historic building and is not located within a historic district, as defined in § 14-203 (Definitions); and

(.c) The lot is not located in a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District as provided in § 14-504 (/NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District).

(.2) Lots zoned RM-1 with a lot size of at least 1,600 sq. ft. may be divided into two lots with a minimum lot size of 800 sq. ft., provided that:

(.a) At least 75% of lots adjacent to the lot to be divided are 1,000 sq. ft. or less;

(.b) Each of the lots created meets the minimum lot width requirement of the zoning district;

(.c) There are no existing buildings on the lot;

(.d) The lot does not contain a historic building and is not located within a historic district, as defined in § 14-203 (Definitions); and

(.e) The lot is not located in a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District as provided in § 14-504 (/NCO, Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District).

For the purposes of this § 14-502(5) (Supplemental Use Controls), the following supplemental use controls apply to the areas listed in Table 14-502-2 and Table 14-502-3.

(a) Use Table 14-502-2.

Principal uses are allowed within the Center City Overlay District in accordance with the use regulations of the underlying zoning district, except as provided in Table 14-502-2 (See accompanying Supplemental Use Controls Area Map for illustrative purposes only). Uses classified as accessory uses are not regulated by the use table. Accessory uses are permitted in conjunction with allowed principal uses, provided they comply with all applicable regulations of § 14-603 (Use-Specific Standards) and § 14-604 (Accessory Uses and Structures).

(.1) Use Classification System.

For the purpose of this zoning code, uses are classified into use categories and subcategories. These are described and defined in § 14-601. Use categories and subcategories are identified in the first column of the use tables.

(.2) Special Exceptions.

Uses identified with an "S" in Table 14-502-2 may be allowed if reviewed and approved in accordance with the special exception procedures in § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). Uses approved by special exception are subject to compliance with any use-specific standards identified in the final column of the use table and all other applicable standards of this zoning code.

(.3) Prohibited Uses.

Uses identified with an "N" are expressly prohibited.

(.4) Use-Specific Standards.

The "use-specific standards" column of the use table identifies use-specific standards that apply to some uses. Unless otherwise expressly stated, compliance with such standards is required regardless of whether the use is permitted as-of-right or requires special exception approval. Numbers in brackets [#] also refer to use-specific standards that apply to some uses. These standards are listed as table notes immediately preceding the table.

(.5) No Overlay-Specific Regulations.

A blank cell indicates that no overlay specific regulations apply to a use and the use is subject only to the use regulations of the underlying zoning district.

(.6) Notes for Table 14-502-2.

[1] Utilities and services, basic uses require special exception approval on lots fronting on Chestnut or Walnut Street between Broad Street and 20th Street.

[2] Permitted on the ground floor, provided it is staffed; otherwise prohibited.

[3] Prohibited on the ground floor.

[4] Does not apply to Residentially-zoned lots.

[5] Permitted for lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this provision shall expire on January 1, 2020 for lots located entirely within the area bounded by Watts Street, Pine Street, Broad Street, and Cypress Street (extended).

[6] For lots zoned CMX-2, there shall be no maximum number of dwelling units and a minimum of 360 sq. ft. of lot area is required per dwelling unit. Whenever the calculation of permitted number of dwelling units results in a fraction of a dwelling unit, then the number of permitted dwelling units shall be rounded down to the nearest whole number.

[7] Reserved.

[8] The following uses shall not be permitted in the Rittenhouse Square Residential Area:

(.1) Group living; provided that this prohibition shall not apply to Personal Care Homes, which use shall be controlled by the underlying zoning of a property.

(.2) Housing, not owner-occupied, rented only to students (as defined by § 14-203(325) (Student)) or the marketing of which include the phrases student housing, student living, student apartments, or other such terms suggesting rentals are available only to students or is directed primarily to students.

[9] Notwithstanding any other provision of the Center City Overlay District, the minimum lot area per dwelling unit shall be calculated according to the provisions of § 14-602 (Use Tables), except that the Green Roofs provisions set forth in Table Note [1] of Table 14-602-1 and Table Note [2] of Table 14-602-2 shall not apply.

Table 14-502-2: Supplemental Use Controls in the Center City Overlay District {For a printable PDF version, click HERE}

Center City Commercial District Control Area

Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, East

Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, West

Broad Street Area, South

Broad Street Area, North

Chinatown Area

Old City Residential Area

Society Hill Area

South Street/ Head House Square Area

Rittenhouse Square Residential Area

Use-Specific Standards

N = Not allowed (expressly prohibited) | S = Special exception approval required | Blank = No overlay-specific regulations apply

See § 14-502(5)(a)(.6) (Notes for Table 14-502-2) for information pertaining to bracketed numbers (e.g., "[2]") in table cells.

Public, Civic, and Institutional Use Category

Utilities and Services, Basic

[1]

N

N

Residential Use Category

Household Living

[6]

[9]

[8]

Retail Sales Use Category

Adult-oriented Merchandise

N

N

N

N

N

Retail Sales of Consumer Goods, Furniture, Appliances, and Equipment (as noted below)

Drug Paraphernalia Sales

N

N

N

N

N

N

§ 14-603(13)

Gun Shop

N

N

N

N

N

N

§ 14-603(13)

Commercial Services Use Category

Adult-Oriented Service

N

N

N

N

N

§ 14-603(13)

Assembly and Entertainment

N

N

N

§ 14-603(13); § 14-603(18)

Eating and Drinking Establishments (except as noted below)

S[4]

S[4][5]

S[4]

§ 14-603(6)

Take-Out Restaurant

S

S

S

N

S[4]

S

§ 14-603(6)

Financial Services (except as noted below)

[2]

Personal Credit

Establishment

N

N

N

N

N

§ 14-603(13)

Parking

N

N

N[5]

N

N

Personal Services (except as noted below)

N

Body Art Service

N

N

N

N

N

N

§ 14-603(2); § 14-603(13)

Fortune Telling Service

[3]

[3]

[3]

[3]

[3]

[3]

Vehicle and Vehicular Equipment Sales and Services Use Category

All Uses

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

Wholesale, Distribution, Storage Use Category

All Uses

N

N

N

N

N

N

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(b) Prohibited Accessory Uses and Structures.

Accessory uses and structures identified with an "N" in Table 14-502-3 are expressly prohibited (See accompanying Supplemental Use Controls Area Map for illustrative purposes only).

Table 14-502-3: Prohibited Accessory Uses and Structures in the /CTR Overlay District

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Accessory Use or Structure

Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, East

Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, West

Broad Street Area, South

Chinatown Area

Old City Residential Area

South Street/ Head House Square Area

Market Street Area, East

Kiosks

N

N

N

N

N

N

Outdoor sales and storage, including outdoor use of coin-operated machines that dispense food or drink

N

N

N

N

N

N

Any accessory speaker or audio device that causes music or voices to reach the sidewalk area, public arcade, or public entranceway to a building, that is adjunct to any permitted retail use, used to advertise merchandise sold, and/or used to call public attention to the uses of the premises.

N

N

N

N

(c) Permitted Accessory Uses and Structures.

In addition to those accessory uses and structures permitted in the underlying zoning district, roof decks shall be permitted for non-residential uses within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this § 14-502(5)(c) shall expire on January 1, 2020.

The following parking regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection.

(a) Motor Vehicle Ingress and Egress Restrictions.

Vehicular ingress and egress is prohibited to and from the following: (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only):

(.1) Market Street within the Market Street Area;

(.2) Chestnut Street and Walnut Street within the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;

(.3) Locust Street within the Locust Street Area, except the portion between the west side of Juniper Street and the east side of 15th Street.

(.4) Spruce Street within the Spruce Street Area, East, except for lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South; and

(.5) Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

(.6) Accessory parking and loading and trash storage areas or structures in any of the following areas:

(.a) South Street within the South Street/Head House Square Area, Central; and

(.b) Broad Street within the Broad Street Area, South, except for lots designated "CMX-5" on the east side of Broad Street, between Spruce Street and Pine Street.

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(b) Broad Street Area, Mid-North.

(See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2.) Required parking for all commercially-zoned properties in the Mid-North Broad Street Area must be located either on the same lot or on a lot (where non-accessory parking is a permitted use) within 1,000 ft.

(c) Residential Parking Control Area.

(See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only.)

(.1) Off-street parking shall not be provided for any one-family or two-family use located in the Residential Parking Control Area, except for parking accessed by a shared driveway or rear alley, which is permitted but not required. Common parking areas may be located on one or more of the properties for which parking is provided, or on a property that is separated from those properties by an alley, shared driveway, or similar kinds of passageways.

(.2) Parking garages with a capacity over 500 vehicles are prohibited on all lots except those fronting on Broad Street.

(d) Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Controls.

(See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only.) The ground floor of any parking garage, other than those accessory to a single- or two-family dwelling, in the Parking Garage Ground Floor Use Control Area must be occupied by an office, retail sales, commercial services, or public, civic, and institutional use; except that regulated uses, as set forth in § 14-603(13) (Regulated Uses), shall be prohibited. This requirement applies only along these designated street frontages and does not apply to areas occupied by entrances, exits, or waiting areas.

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(e) Loading and Trash Storage Area Restrictions.

Loading and trash storage areas that are located in the Central Broad Street Area or in Market Street Area and that have vehicular ingress and/or egress on Broad Street or Market Street, are prohibited unless a special exception permit is obtained pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).

(f) Accessory Parking Lot Restrictions.

(.1) Accessory parking lots are prohibited in the following areas (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only):

(.a) Chestnut and Walnut Street Area;

(.b) Broad Street, South;

(.c) Chinatown Area;

(.d) Old City Residential Area;

(.2) Accessory parking lots are prohibited in the Parkway Buffer Area unless a special exception permit is obtained pursuant to § 14-303(7) (Special Exception Approval). (See Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 3 for illustrative purposes only).

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(g) Parking Regulations for Certain Commercial Uses.

In the Center City Commercial Area (see Parking and Loading Regulations Area Map 4 for illustrative purposes only), movie theaters shall be exempt from minimum parking requirements.

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(h) South Street West Area.

(.1) The requirement of § 14-803(2)(c) Motor Vehicle Parking Standards – Reservoir Space is not applicable for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the South Street West area.

(.2) The provision for off-street loading required for buildings on a property that is abutting two or more streets in accordance with Table 14-806-1 is not applicable for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the South Street West area.

(.3) The requirement of a 24 feet wide minimum aisle width of Table 14-803-1, Dimensional Standards for Parking Spaces and Aisles, shall be reduced to 20 feet in the South Street West area.

(i) Broad Street Area, Mid-South.

The following requirements apply to lots within the Broad Street Area, Mid-South, provided that this § 14-502(6)(i) shall expire on January 1, 2020 for lots located entirely within the area bounded by Watts Street, Pine Street, Broad Street, and Cypress Street (extended).

(.1) The minimum width for parking aisles shall be 16 ft.

(.2) Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-806-2 (Off-Street Loading in RMX-3, CMX-4, and CMX-5), a minimum of one loading space shall be provided for every 450,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area.

(.3) Loading spaces are not required to meet the requirements of Table 14-806-3 (Required Loading Space Dimensions).

(.4) Loading spaces are not required to meet the requirements of § 14-806(2)(d) (Ingress and Egress).

(.5) Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-802-2 (Required Parking in Commercial Districts), the minimum number of parking spaces required for multi-family household living shall be one parking space for every ten units.

(j) Rittenhouse Square.

Developments on corner lots zoned CMX-4 in the Rittenhouse Square Area that include off-street loading spaces and underground parking shall provide at least one means of vehicular ingress or egress on each property frontage of 200 ft. or more along streets with a width of 40 ft. or more.

The following sign regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection.

(a) Convention Center Area.

(See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only.)

(.1) Art Commission Approval.

No person may erect or maintain any sign within this area unless approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(.2) Regulations.

Buildings occupying 50% or more of the total area of the block and having 50% or more of their frontage on Broad Street are, notwithstanding any other provisions of this Zoning Code, permitted to erect a system of accessory signs, including building identification signs, directional signs, freestanding signs, and temporary signs, not to exceed a combined total of 15 sq. ft. of sign area for each lineal foot of frontage along a public street line.

(b) Center City Commercial Area.

(.1) Art Commission Approval.

No sign may be erected or maintained in the Center City Commercial Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only) unless approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(.2) Prohibited Signs.

(.a) Non-accessory signs are prohibited.

(.b) Animated illumination is prohibited.

(.c) Projecting signs are prohibited except on properties fronting Market Street between Front Street and 5th Street.

(c) Parkway Buffer Area.

(.1) Review.

No person may erect or maintain any sign in the Parkway Buffer Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1 for illustrative purposes only) unless the sign complies with all applicable requirements of this Zoning Code and any applicable regulations of the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and has been approved by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(.2) Repair and Maintenance.

No sign may be altered or moved in any substantial manner unless it is made to comply with all the requirements of this § 14-502(7)(c) (Parkway Buffer Area).

(d) Reserved.

(e) Vine Street Area.

Allowable signs in the Vine Street Area are limited to the following (See Sign Regulations Area Map 1):

(.1) Wall Signs.

Accessory and non-commercial wall signs are permitted at a ratio of two sq. ft. of sign area per lineal foot of street frontage. The top of such wall signs may not extend above the bottom of the second floor of the building on which it is located.

(.2) Freestanding Signs.

Accessory and non-commercial freestanding signs are permitted at a height not to exceed 15 ft. Freestanding signs are permitted a maximum of two sign facings and a maximum of 16 sq. ft. for each sign facing.

(.3) Building Identification Signs.

Building identification signs and non-commercial signs that are located above the bottom of the second floor are permitted upon approval by the Art Commission. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed. The approval of the Art Commission must take into account the impact of the proposed signage on the skyline and view corridors of Center City and the visual aesthetics of the area. The Art Commission shall not approve any sign contrary to the goals and objectives of this Zoning Code.

(.4) Projecting Signs.

Within the area bounded by 9th Street, Winter Street, 11th Street, and Race Street projecting accessory and projecting non-commercial signs are permitted at a ratio of two sq. ft. of sign area per lineal foot of street frontage. Such signs are in addition to the signs permitted in § 14-502(7)(e)(.1) through § 14-502(7)(e)(.3) and are subject to Art Commission approval. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(.5) Temporary Signs.

Temporary non-commercial signs and real estate signs are permitted, so long as such signs do not exceed a total gross area of 25 sq. ft.

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(f) Washington Square Area.

No sign may be erected or maintained in the Washington Square Area unless approved by the Art Commission (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed. This provision does not apply to signs lawfully and permanently in place before January 1, 1992.

(g) Independence Hall Area.

(.1) No sign or other advertising structure or device may be erected or maintained on or extending over any portion of a street that is contiguous to a lot located in the Independence Hall Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only). This provision does not apply to any sign placed on the front of any building giving in words and/or numerals the name and brief description of the nature of the business or businesses transacted in the building, provided that:

(.a) The sign does not exceed 10 sq. ft. in area and does not project more than 12 in. from the face of the building; or

(.b) It is expressly authorized by the Art Commission as not being inconsistent with the harmony, style, and architectural/historical character of the area.

(.2) No billboard, roof sign, or other advertising structure or device may be erected or maintained within 150 ft. of any portion of a street that is contiguous to a lot located in the Independence Hall Area unless L&I determines that the proposed sign:

(.a) Complies with all other applicable requirements of this Zoning Code, and

(.b) Has been approved by the Art Commission as complying with the intent of this subsection of insuring the preservation of the historical character of and spirit of this national shrine and a style in harmony with its buildings.

(h) Southwark National Historic District.

Temporary and permanent freestanding signs and sign with animated illumination or digital displays are prohibited within the Southwark National Historic District (see Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

(i) Chinatown Area, South.

Non-accessory signs are prohibited in the South Chinatown Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

(j) Rittenhouse Square.

No signs may be erected within the Rittenhouse Square Area (see Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only) unless approved by the Art Commission. This provision does not apply to signs in place before January 1, 1950.

(k) City Hall Sign Area.

No person shall erect or maintain any sign extending beyond the building line within the City Hall Sign Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

(l) Logan Square Area.

No person shall erect or maintain any sign extending beyond the building line within the Logan Square Area (See Sign Regulations Area Map 2 for illustrative purposes only).

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(m) Market Street East Retail Area.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Table 14-904-1, the provisions of this § 14-502(7)(m) shall apply to accessory wall signs, accessory projecting signs, and accessory marquee signs in the Market Street East Retail Area, unless otherwise permitted by § 14-906 (Market Street East Sign Regulations).

(.1) Sign Area.

The maximum sign area for a building or several interconnected buildings shall be determined based on the frontage of the building or interconnected buildings. The area of signage allowed for a building or interconnected buildings may be combined and placed on a single frontage or multiple frontages provided:

(.a) The maximum sign area for the ground floor shall be 2 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage.

(.b) The maximum sign area for the 2nd floor shall be 0.5 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage, provided:

(.i) Signs shall only be along the Market Street frontage or within 80 ft. of the street line of Market Street and;

(.ii) Signs shall only be above a window and shall not exceed the width of the window by more than 1 ft. on either or both sides.

(.c) The maximum sign area above the 2nd floor shall be 2 sq. ft. per linear foot of ground floor frontage, provided that no portion of any sign shall be more than 50 ft. from the nearest intersection of two streets, except that:

(.i) Signs along the frontage of Market Street between 9th Street and 10th Street may be located up to 200 ft. from 9th Street if an edge of each sign is no more than 100 ft. from 9th Street; and may be located up to 125 ft. from 10th Street, if an edge of each sign is no more than 20 ft. from 10th Street; and

(.ii) Signs along the frontage of Market Street between 8th Street and 9th Street may be located up to 100 ft. from 9th Street.

(.2) Sign Height.

(.a) The maximum height of any sign on the ground floor shall be the 2nd floor window sill of the respective building frontage (or no more than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 2nd floor if there is no window) provided no sign shall extend above the roof line. Any sign below the 2nd floor window sill (or less than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 2nd floor if there is no window) shall be considered a ground floor sign.

(.b) The maximum height of any sign on the 2nd floor shall be the 3rd floor window sill of the respective building frontage (or no more than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 3rd floor if there is no window) provided no sign shall extend above the roof line. Any sign below the 3rd floor window sill (or less than 3 ft. above the floor line of the 3rd floor if there is no window) shall be considered a 2nd floor sign.

(.c) The maximum height of any sign above the 2nd floor shall not extend above the roof line of the respective building frontage.

(.3) Sign Size.

(.a) The maximum size of each sign located on the ground floor or 2nd floor shall be 150 sq. ft.

(.b) The maximum size of each sign above the 2nd floor shall be 500 sq. ft, except one 600 sq. ft. sign may be permitted along the frontage of Market Street between 9th Street and 10th Street.

(.4) Signs on Portions of a Building over a Street.

Signs may be located on any frontage of a portion of a building that is located over a street, provided signs meet all other applicable sign requirements of the respective floor to which that portion of the building connects. Such signs shall count toward the maximum sign area for that respective floor as provided in § 14-502(7)(m)(.1) (Sign Area). This subsection does not eliminate the need for any applicable sign approval, including an authorizing ordinance, that is otherwise required to authorize a projection or encroachment over a street on the City Plan.

The following special review requirements apply to the areas described in each subsection below are shown on the Special Review Areas map for illustrative purposes only.

(a) Planning Commission Review.

L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection of a building or alteration of a facade in the Chestnut and Walnut Street Area, South Broad Street Area, or East Market Street Area until the Commission has reviewed plans of the facade and determined that the proposed facade, in the opinion of the Commission, is in harmony with Center City's historic commercial area and pedestrian-oriented environment. The Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(b) Art Commission Approval Area.

(.1) Parkway Buffer.

L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection or alteration of any building or other construction, including open spaces, in the Parkway Buffer Area until the Art Commission has approved the application. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

(.2) Independence Hall Area.

L&I shall not issue a building permit for the erection or alteration of any building or other construction, including open spaces, in the Independence Hall Area until the Art Commission has reviewed the application and determined that the proposed building would, in the opinion of the Art Commission, not be contrary to the preservation of the historical character of and conformity to the style and spirit of this national shrine with respect to appearance, color, and materials and the architectural style and design of the exterior of the proposed building. The Art Commission has 60 days to approve or disapprove the application, after which its approval will be presumed.

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The following bulk and massing regulations apply to the areas described in each subsection below.

(a) Old City Residential Area, Bridge Approach.

Lots zoned CMX-3 in the Old City Residential Bridge Approach:

(.1) Shall be eligible for the floor area bonuses provided in § 14-702. These bonuses may be used in combination to earn additional floor area ratio up to 250% of the lot area.

(.2) May be occupied by buildings up to 100% of the lot area.

(.3) Shall not require side yards.

(b) South Street West.

Lots zoned CMX-3 in the South Street West area:

(.1) The maximum occupied area for lots zoned CMX-3 located within the area shall be one hundred percent (100%) of the area of the lot.

(c) Center City Commercial District Control Area.

(.1) Lots zoned CMX-3 in the Center City Commercial District Control Area shall be eligible for floor area bonuses as provided § 14-702 (Floor Area and Height Bonuses).

(d) Rittenhouse Square.

Lots zoned CMX-4 in the Rittenhouse Square Area:

(.1) Shall be eligible for the Mixed Income Housing Bonus in the amount permitted for the CMX-5 district, provided the Mixed Income Housing complies with all other standards contained in § 14-702(7) and;

(.2) Shall have a maximum allowed base floor area ratio of seven hundred and fifty percent (750%) of the area of the lot; and

(.3) May include roof decks constructed up to the extreme front building line.

(a) In the Society Hill Area, the provisions of § 14-603(7) ("Fresh Food Market") shall not apply.

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