17-7-1101 Description. The SD-10, Roscoe Street Special Character Overlay District is intended to conserve the existing low-density, multi-use commercial and residential character of the portion of West Roscoe Street generally located between North Damen Avenue and North Western Avenue. The existing pattern of development is two- and three- story structures with pedestrian-oriented retail at street level and dwelling units above. The Roscoe Street District seeks to maintain the street’s existing scale and to limit construction of taller four- and five- story buildings. In addition, the District regulations seek to maintain the street-front orientation of existing buildings by requiring this orientation for new construction and by encouraging conformity to the front setbacks , if any, of the prevailing street wall.
17-7-1102 Building Height. New construction may not exceed 36 feet in height. (See Sec.17-17-0311 for rules governing the measurement of building height .)
17-7-1103 Building Orientation. All new construction must have a principal entrance or the design of a principal entrance oriented toward Roscoe Street. Such orientation or apparent orientation must be evidenced by a principal doorway (excluding garage doors), front yard , or front porch. All parking must be located and accessed off the alley .
17-7-1104 Lot Area. At least 1,400 square feet of lot area is required per dwelling unit .
17-7-1105 Administrative Adjustments. In addition to the administrative adjustments authorized by Sec.17-13-1000" destination-id="JD_17-13-1000">17-13-1000, the Zoning Administrator is authorized to allow the following as administrative adjustments :
17-7-1105-A a building height increase of up to 10%; and
17-7-1105-B waiver or modification of the building orientation and parking access requirements for parcels lacking alley access or when other circumstances impose hardship conditions.
17-7-1106 Variations . In addition to the variations authorized by Sec.17-13-1100" destination-id="JD_17-13-1100">17-13-1100, the Zoning Board of Appeals is authorized to grant the following variations :
17-7-1106-A a building height increase of up to 10%; and
17-7-1106-B waiver or modification of the building orientation and parking access requirements for parcels lacking alley access or when other circumstances impose hardship conditions.
(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 5-12-10, p. 92105, § 1)