DDRB Application 2023-017 seeks Conceptual Review for the Pearl Street District Multi-phase site plan, which is in the Church District of the Downtown Overlay Zone.

The subject site area consists of five blocks along Pearl Street between Union and Church Streets. In general, the LaVilla School of the Arts is located to the west of the site, the County Courthouse is to the south, and James Weldon Johnson Park and First Baptist Church are to the east.

The site plan area is structured as a traditional, urban grid. Pearl Street is a two-way street from Union Street to Ashley, and then becomes a one-way street south of Ashley. Church and Ashley Streets are one-way, east-west streets, and Beaver Street, which is a state road, is a two-way street. Union Street is also a state road and functions as a large, east-bound only connector across the northern boundary of Downtown. Clay and Julia Streets run north-south; Clay is a two-way street and Julia is one-way.

In addition to the street grid, the proposed site plan can be described by the character of each block, identified as N4 (northwest quadrant of Pearl and Beaver), N5 (existing parking garage to remain, at northeast quadrant of Pearl and Beaver), N8 (west side of Pearl Street between Beaver and Ashley), N9 (east side of Pearl Street between Beaver and Ashley), and N11 (southeast quadrant of Pearl and Ashley). N9 shares the block with the City Place Condominiums (under separate ownership and not included within the site plan), and N11 includes the Porter House Mansion, which is under common ownership and included in the site plan.

This is a multi-phase project. Pursuant to the Ordinance Code, “For multi-phase projects consisting of construction or renovation of two or more separate buildings or structures, DDRB review shall be conducted as follows:

The two-step process outlined in subparagraph (2), above, shall first be applied to conceptual and final approval of the overall development site and consider compliance of the overall site plan with the requirements contained in this Subpart H relating to view corridors, setbacks, heights, street closures, river views and encroachment. Furthermore, the DDRB shall also consider streetscape plans and landscaping plans, if such are available.”

Procedurally, after final approval of the site plan, conceptual and final approval of each subsequent development pad, or “phase,” can move forward. It is at the development pad, or “phase,” level that the form, or vertical, qualities will be addressed.

Source: September 14, 2013 DDRB Meeting Agenda



September 14, 2023 at 2:00 PM

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