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§ 14-507. /Cdo, Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District.

The Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District is intended to connect the public and neighborhoods to the waterfront; promote sound economic development; preserve and create jobs; support diverse, walkable neighborhoods; and preserve and renew historic and natural resources.

The Central Delaware Riverfront Overlay District shall consist of all lots, except for lots zoned I-P, located in the area bounded by Allegheny Avenue; the pierhead line of the Delaware River, as established by the Secretary of War on September 10, 1940; Oregon Avenue; and the east side of Interstate 95, as shown on the following map for illustrative purposes only.

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For the purposes of this § 14-507, "river access streets" shall mean the following streets:

(a) Dickinson Street.

(b) Washington Avenue.

(c) Christian Street.

(d) Race Street.

(e) Callowhill Street.

(f) Spring Garden Street.

(g) Frankford Avenue.

(h) Columbia Avenue.

(a) Non-accessory surface parking lots are prohibited on lots with frontage on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street.

(b) Uses in the vehicle and vehicular equipment sales and services category are prohibited on lots with frontage on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street; except personal vehicle sales and rental shall be permitted west of Delaware Avenue or Christopher Columbus Boulevard provided that:

(.1) The use is an automobile showroom in an enclosed structure;

(.2) Accessory surface parking is not located between any street frontage and the principal structure; and

(.3) Service areas for vehicle repair and maintenance shall be prohibited.

(c) On lots with frontage along any of the following, one or more of the uses provided in subsection (d), below, shall occupy 75% of the length of such ground floor frontage; except where a lot fronts on two or more of the following, this requirement shall apply only to the longest such ground floor frontage; and provided that nothing in this subsection (c) shall require or permit a use not otherwise permitted on the lot:

(.1) A river access street, as set forth in § 14-507(3), above.

(.2) Christopher Columbus Boulevard between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street; or

(.3) The Delaware River between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street.

(d) Permitted Ground Floor Uses.

(.1) Retail sales;

(.2) Commercial services;

(.3) Eating and drinking establishments;

(.4) Lobbies of multi-family residences, hotels, live theaters, cinemas, or structured garages;

(.5) Libraries, museums, galleries, or exhibition space;

(.6) Post offices;

(.7) Public open space, enclosed public space, enclosed public gardens, public rooms, through-block pedestrian connections;

(.8) Entrances to public transit stations;

(.9) Residences;

(.10) Personal vehicle sales and rental, as provided in subsection (b), above.

The minimum open area for lots greater than 5,000 sq. ft. with frontage on the Delaware River shall be 40% of the total lot area. Any unoccupied waterfront setback required by this Zoning Code shall count towards the required open area.

(a) The minimum building height shall be 25 ft.

(b) For base zoning districts that are regulated by a maximum floor area ratio in § 14-701 (Dimensional Standards), the maximum building height shall be 100 ft., unless additional building height has been earned pursuant to § 14-702 (Floor Area and Height Bonuses).

(a) For lots fronting on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, or a river access street, as set forth in subsection (3):

(.1) No more than one curb cut shall be permitted along any street frontage provided, that

(.2) Where a river access street has been extended to intersect with the Delaware River, such extended river access street shall not be considered a curb cut for the purposes of this § 14-507(7);

(.3) Off-street parking shall not be located in the front yard.

(b) Non-accessory and accessory aboveground structured parking shall be permitted by right, provided that an architectural or landscaped screening device is applied to each facade that faces a public street, park, or trail and is approved by the Commission for appropriateness with the surrounding neighborhood character. Required accessory parking in an aboveground structure that meets the requirements of this subsection (b) shall be excluded from the calculation of gross floor area; any parking provided in addition to the required accessory parking shall count towards the calculation of gross floor area.

Where a river access street, if extended, would intersect with the Delaware River, no permanent structure shall be constructed within the right-of-way of the extension of such street. For the purposes of this section, if the right-of-way has a width of greater than 70 feet, the right-of-way shall be deemed to include only a 70 foot wide path located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended. If a single person or entity owns the entire extension of the street within the boundaries of this Overlay District, then such owner shall designate where the 70 foot wide path shall be located, so long as it is located entirely within the boundaries of the street, as extended, and, so far as practicable, runs parallel to such boundaries. If a single person or entity does not own the entire extension of the street, the 70 foot wide path shall be located equidistant from each of the two outer edges of the street, as extended.

Single-story buildings containing at least 10,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area of which 75 percent is occupied by a single use shall comply with the following. For the purposes of this section, intermediate floor levels such as mezzanines shall not count as a story.

(a) Facade articulation is required for each building facade that faces directly onto a public street, park, or trail. Between the average ground level and a height of 25 ft., a minimum of 50% of the wall area must include one or more of the following features:

(.1) Ornamental and structural detail;

(.2) Projections, recesses, or other variations in planes; or

(.3) Transparent windows or other transparent glazed area.

(b) For every 10,000 sq. ft. of building area, there shall be 500 sq. ft. of public plaza in proximity to at least one of the building entrances. Public plaza space required by this subsection (b) shall count towards the required open area, but shall not be eligible for the additional floor area ratio or building height bonus that may be earned for the provision of additional public open space, as provided in § 14-702(6). Bicycle parking required by § 14-804(1) (Required Bicycle Parking Spaces) shall be located in the public plaza. The public plaza(s) shall have a minimum of 1 bench and 1 tree per 250 sq. ft. of public plaza. Vehicular traffic and loading are prohibited from accessing required public plazas.

(a) Applicability.

For any development that fronts on Delaware Avenue, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, the Delaware River, or a river access street, as set forth in § 14-507(3), above, and is subject to civic design review under § 14-305(4)(b), the Civic Design Review Committee shall consider, in addition to the criteria set forth at § 14-304(5)(f), the criteria set forth at § 14-507(10)(b).

(b) Criteria.

(.1) Whether the building has transparent windows or other transparent glazed area covering at least 50% of the ground floor facade.

(.2) Whether the sidewalk widths along river access streets are consistent with the Philadelphia Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.

(.3) Whether the project supports current or future public access to the waterfront.

Notwithstanding § 14-501(2) (Interpretation), when the provisions of this § 14-507 are in conflict with the provisions of § 14-405, SP-ENT, Entertainment (Special Purpose) District, the provisions of § 14-405 shall apply.

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