Revise the zoning code to allow and encourage live-work units with workplace space on the ground floor and living quarters above to increase resident activity and small business incubation within Downtown and North Ponce. (Building and Zoning. Planning)
Revise zoning code to allow narrow lot mixed-use infill townhouses in Downtown, including a zero front setback building type for blocks with alleys and a front setback building type to match existing in other areas. (Building and Zoning, Planning)
Revise zoning code to consolidate Downtown retail into the Retail Priority Area, including the length of Miracle Mile and generally the blocks between Salzedo and Galiano from Alhambra to Valencia. Limit the requirement of ground floor retail use to this area only. Require all Downtown buildings to face streets with commercial or residential habitable space (not parking) for first four floors, with doors and windows onto sidewalks. (Building and Zoning, Planning)
Revise zoning code to encourage creation of an open-air Mediterranean shopping and dining experience emphasizing sidewalk cafes, garden courts, and upper level terraces. (Building and Zoning, Planning)
Complete further research on the Mediterranean Ordinance to consider eliminat- ing incentives and to require picturesque massing and proportions in keeping with traditional principles. Emphasize building design that promotes relation- ship of building to site, taking into consideration building bulk, mass, visual corridors, historic landmarks, scenic roadways, creation/preservation of entrances. Govern the horizontal and the vertical dimensions of building with these layers:
Vertically: Three layers in height provide a base, main mass, and a tower. The base shall have specified maximum lot coverage, the largest floor plate area, from ground floor up to 1/3 building height. The main mass shall have a smaller floor plate for a minimum of 1/3 building height. The tower shall have the smallest floor plate for a maximum of 1/3 building height.
Horizontally: Three layers in depth provide embellishment at the pedestrian lev- els, a dominant mass maintaining the street wall, and a tower for long distance identity. The first layer may encroach into the right-of-way with an arcade, can- tilevered balconies, awnings, trellises. The second layer commences at a build-to- line. The third layer sets back a minimum distance. (Planning, Mediterranean Review Committee)
CORAL GABLES CHARRETTE: RECOMMENDATIONS