A proposed zoning text amendment would require new self-service storage facilities in DC's PDR (production, distribution, and repair) zones to activate the ground floor.
The Office of Planning has filed the amendment with the Zoning Commission, affirming self-service storage as a by-right use in PDR zones while seeking to mandate that self-service storage facilities include a ground-floor use that encourages foot traffic. The preferred uses include retail, office, medical, arts, pet care or dining establishments, or an apartment for a manager or caretaker to live on the premises.
To further activate the ground floor, the above uses would have to occupy at least half of the ground-floor square footage and 100% of the street frontage.
"Although self-service storage facilities are a component of the industrial landscape and a desired use by many, as evidenced by their popularity for both residents and business owners in the District, the use results in a low-intensive utilization of the land, neither generating significant employment nor activating the street with other more active uses, such as manufacturing, retail commercial, service-commercial or office space, as anticipated by the zone," the application explains.
PDR zones tend to be more prevalent in the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of the city. Requiring an activated ground floor could make storage facilities more palatable in neighborhoods where PDR and residential uses coincide, such as in this recent case where a lot in Fairlawn was rezoned from PDR over resident concerns about a storage facility changing the residential character of their neighborhood.
The Zoning Commission is expected to consider the application next week.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-case-for-commercial-at-self-storage-facilities/16360.
Most Popular... This Week • Last 30 Days • Ever
The development will be located a few blocks south of the Takoma Metro station.... read »
DC's Office of Planning recently looked at DC's migration patterns in 2022. Today, Ur... read »
The new development along South Capitol Street includes a new amenity for UrbanTurf: ... read »
A new plan is on the boards for a group of five townhouses in the middle of DC's Chin... read »
Sales are well underway at Kite House—the brand new condominium at The Parks on the... read »
UrbanTurf has compiled virtual looks at large new developments around the DC region.... read »
Why condo fees are high in some buildings and low in others can be a difficult questi... read »
Dupont Circle’s Swann House, a former 15-bedroom bed and breakfast, will be listed ... read »
The two-building project will include approximately 825 residential units, 151 lodgin... read »
There are two new proposals to redevelop the center at 14th and U Streets NW that are... read »
With this weekend's DC houseboat tour a day away, UrbanTurf thought it only fitting t... read »
President Obama travels to Denver this morning to sign the stimulus bill that has bee... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader wonders if there is a rule for h... read »
As The Wharf prepares to begin construction, DC's houseboat community heads to its ne... read »
In this week's installment of Ask An Agent, a reader asks a fairly common question th... read »
DC Real Estate Guides
Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market
We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!
Intro guides for first-time home buyers
Awesome and unusual real estate from across the DC Metro