At last night’s Zoning Commission hearing to consider an emergency text amendment to the Uptown Arts Overlay, area businesses got a bit of a reprieve: Commissioners took emergency action to boost the 25 percent cap to 30 percent, effective immediately. According to a ZC spokeswoman, for the next 120 days, businesses can apply for their certificates of occupancy, which DCRA may grant up to 30 percent of total street frontage. Frontage will be measured as it has been before, rather than block-by-block, as had been proposed.
A final hearing date has not yet been set.
At a Downtown BID event this morning—which I’ll talk more about soon!—Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Valerie Santos applauded the move.
“There were some old regulations in place that were unintentionally stifling restaurants,” Santos said. “[Lifting the cap] is an example of the city being flexible.”