The city planning department has posted a land use application that asks for a rezone of the parking lot owned by First Place School, which operates their programs in an old synagogue building in the heart of the Central District. The lot was purchased from the city for $1.9 million in 2001. UPDATE: This post has been updated. Location information for the facility has been obfuscated due to privacy concerns.
The requested change from L1 to L3 would allow increased height and density on the block:
- L1 is designed for townhouses and cottages, where as L3 allows low-rise apartment buildings
- L3 allows 16 units on the lot, vs 8 units in L1
- 3 full stories with 5′ pitched roof, vs. 2 full stories with a 10′ roof
- Reduced rear setback of 15% of lot depth, vs 20% currently
- Max building width of 75′, vs 60′ currently
The application notes that the use would stay as a parking lot for now.
We placed a call to First Place to get details on their reason for the rezone, but have not yet heard back. We’ll update this story if we do.