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Grand Avenue District- (300 Block east side Richmond Street-former Ralph’s market and adjacent lots)

EL SEGUNDO DOWNTOWN SPECIFIC PLAN

  1. DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS

E. Grand Avenue District- (300 Block east side Richmond Street-former Ralph’s market and adjacent lots)


  1. Purpose-
    This district is a key block linking the Main Street District, the Downtown core, with the historic Richmond Street District. This area is intended to be created as a village atmosphere, being resident serving, providing a pedestrian-oriented and pedestrian-friendly environment, preferably in a mixed-use development. Standards for the district are intended to maintain, enhance, and protect this character. Design review is required to ensure consistency with the goals of the district. Retail and service uses should serve the residents, local employees, and visitors to the City. Non-pedestrian oriented uses are limited to areas above and behind the street level, and off of the alley, with the exception that offices are allowed on the street-front.

  2. Permitted Uses-
    1. First floor street-front level and adjacent to pedestrian access ways, including internal access ways, with a minimum building depth of 25 feet:
      1. Retail sales and services
      2. Restaurants
      3. Recreational uses
      4. Governmental offices
      5. Banks, not to exceed 500 square feet
      6. General offices
      7. Medical-dental offices
      8. Bed and breakfast hotel
      9. Outdoor uses including dining, gathering areas (such as outdoor party areas), newsstands, coffee carts and flower stands, up to 200 square feet in area, subject to design review, and conformance with Section 20.12.190, Outdoor Dining Areas, of the El Segundo Municipal Code; greater than 200 square feet, also subject to an Administrative Use Permit
      10. Other similar pedestrian oriented retail-service uses and offices, approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration
    2. Above and behind street-front level, and adjacent to alleys:
      1. All uses listed above in a.
      2. Clubs and halls
      3. Schools and daycare
      4. Theaters
      5. Banks
      6. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  3. Permitted Accessory Uses-
    1. Any use customarily incidental to a permitted use
    2. Outdoor storage, subject to conformance with Section 20.12.080, Screening, of the El Segundo Municipal Code
    3. Indoor entertainment, dancing and amplified sound, subject to conformance with Chapter 5.36, Entertainment Regulations, and Chapter 9.06, Noise and Vibration Regulations, of the El Segundo Municipal Coded. Other similar accessory uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  4. Uses Subject to an Administrative Use Permit-(Chapter 20.72 of the El Segundo Municipal Code)
    1. On-site sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants
    2. Off-site sale of alcohol at retail establishments
    3. Outdoor uses including dining, gathering areas (such as outdoor party areas), newsstands, coffee carts and flower stands, over 200 square feet in area, subject to design review and conformance with Section 20.12.190, Outdoor Dining Areas, of the El Segundo Municipal Code
    4. Video arcades with three or fewer machines
    5. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community, Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  5. Uses Subject to a Conditional Use Permit-(Chapter 20.74 of the El Segundo Municipal Code)
    1. Bars
    2. Outdoor entertainment and dancing
    3. Outdoor amplified sound, which exceeds more than four single events in one calendar year.
    4. Video arcades with four or more machines
    5. Other similar uses approved by the Director of Community Economic and Development Services, as provided by Section V., Administration

  6. Prohibited Uses-
    All other uses which are not Permitted Uses, Permitted Accessory Uses, Uses Subject to an Administrative Use Permit or Uses Subject to a Conditional Use Permit are prohibited. Prohibited uses include, but are not limited to:
    1. Drive-thru restaurants
    2. Churches
    3. Service stations

  7. Site Development Standards-
    1. General Provisions:
      1. All new development shall be subject to design review to ensure consistencies with the Specific Plan, as detailed in Section VIII, Design Standards
      2. All uses shall be conducted within a fully enclosed building, except the outdoor uses detailed under Permitted, Accessory, Administrative and Conditional uses, and Outdoor recreational uses.
      3. All provisions of Chapter 20.55, Developer Transportation Demand Management (TDM), of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
      4. All provisions of Chapter 20.56, Employer/Occupant Transportation Systems Management (TSM), of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
      5. All provisions of Chapter 20.12, General Provisions, of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
    2. Lot Area:
      Existing lots under common ownership should be developed under a common cohesive plan, as one parcel, not as each original 25-foot wide lot
    3. Height:
      New structures abutting a street may not exceed 30 feet and two stories in height, as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below. This height shall be measured at the front and streetside property lines. Structures shall not exceed 45 feet, or three stories, in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below. A variety of building heights must be provided throughout the site.
      1. Upsloping lots - For lots that slope up from the street, the 45-foot height limit shall be measured vertically from the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines to the peak or the highest point of the structure. Additionally, the structure may not exceed 30 feet in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines.
      2. Downsloping lots - For lots that slope down from the street, the 45-foot height limit shall be measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below. Additionally, the structure may not exceed 30 feet in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade at the front and streetside property lines.
      3. Vertical towers or appendages - These structures, if located near the corner of Grand Avenue and the alley and the northwest side of the property abutting Richmond Street, may be 45 feet, or two floors, in height as measured from the peak or the highest point of the roof vertically to the existing grade directly below.
    4. Setbacks:
      1. Front and Streetside – There shall be no setback between a building and the front and streetside property lines on the street level, except pedestrian-oriented plazas or architectural features, up to 10 feet in depth, may be placed between the building and the street, subject to design review. Parking is not allowed between the street and the building.
      2. Side and Rear - Zero setback allowed
    5. Lot Width:
      Existing lots under common ownership should be developed under a common cohesive plan, as one parcel, not as each original 25-foot wide lot
    6. Building Area-(Density):
      1. Commercial -The total net floor area of all buildings shall not exceed the total net square footage of the property or a Floor Area Ratio, FAR, of 1.0:1.
    7. Walls and Fences: All provisions of Chapter 20.12, General Provisions, of the El Segundo Municipal Code must be met.
    8. Access:
      Safe and convenient pedestrian access shall be provided between buildings and sidewalks or modes of transportation, and between buildings for multi-building projects. Uses adjacent to pedestrian access ways, both internal and external, shall be pedestrian oriented and have direct access to those access ways.
    9. Landscaping:
      All provisions of Section 20.12.170, Landscaping, of the El Segundo Municipal Code and Section VIII, Design Standards, must be met.
    10. Parking and Loading:
      All provisions of Section VII, Parking must be met.
    11. Signs:
      All provisions of Section VIII, Design Standards must be met.

  8. Non-conformities-
    1. All provisions of Chapter 20.70, Nonconforming Buildings and Uses of the El Segundo Municipal Code, except Sections 20.70.060 B. and C. shall apply.
    2. A non-conforming use in a conforming or non-conforming building may only be replaced with a conforming use, except a non-conforming commercial use may be replaced with a similar or less intense non-conforming use only if the building, or portion of the building occupied by the non-conforming use, has not been vacant or closed for business for more than twelve months.

  9. Strategic Site-
    1. Entire District:
      New target uses, such as a market, retail, hi-tech retail, daytime entertainment and recreation, child care as a component in a mixed-use project, restaurant, small (75 rooms maximum) bed and breakfast hotel or similar uses, preferably in a mixed-use environment, may be provided with financial incentives, as provided in Section IX G, Development Incentives.


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