§14-302. "C-1" Commercial District. [31]


(1) Use Regulations. The specific uses permitted in this district shall be the erection, construction, alteration or use of buildings and/or land for:

(a) The residential uses permitted in the most restricted bounding district, whether contiguous to or across the street; provided, however, that when said use is in an attached or semi-detached building, the regulations of the residential district of the building to which it is attached shall apply; except that existing buildings erected prior to May 26, 1982 may be converted to duplex dwellings, provided that no portion of the building is or would be used for any commercial purposes.[32]

(.1) Commercial activity shall not be permitted in a converted duplex dwelling as specified above.[33]

(b) The following uses in completely enclosed buildings dealing directly with the consumer and in no case above the first story of the building; provided, that for buildings erected after the effective date of this section, no single use, nor any combination thereof shall occupy more than 2,000 square feet of gross floor area:[34]

(.1) Sales at retail, separately or in any combination of: Antiques, books, confectionery goods, cosmetics, draperies, drugs, dry goods, electric appliances and fixtures, floor coverings, food products to include bakery goods, fruits and vegetables, groceries and meat, garden supplies, gifts, hardware, household appliances, hobby and handicraft merchandise, jewelry, luggage, newspapers and magazines, optical or orthopedic goods, packaged paints and wallpaper, photographic equipment, stationery, variety store merchandise, wearing apparel, watches and clocks;[35]

(.2) Barber, beauty shop, hat cleaning, tailor shop;

(.3) Business or professional office or agency, financial institution;

(.4) Florist, not including accessory greenhouses;

(.5) Hand laundry, laundry pick-up agency and/or dry cleaning pick-up agency and each use, singly or in any combination;

(.6) Funeral parlors, including the sale of mortician goods;[36]

(.7) Accessory uses, customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses; provided, that the accessory use does not occupy more than 25% of the gross floor area, and does not include open air storage of materials, equipment or merchandise.

(2) Area Regulations.[37]
(a) All buildings in any "C-1" District shall be governed by the area regulations of the most restrictive bounding district, whether contiguous to or across the street; provided, however, that when said building is attached to another building which is in another District, the area regulations of that District shall apply.

(b) The conversion of an existing building erected prior to May 26, 1982 to a duplex dwelling need not comply with any rear yard requirements as specified in subparagraph (a) above; provided, however, if any additions or extensions are erected, the provisions as specified in subparagraph (a) above shall apply.

(3) Height Regulations. All buildings in any "C-1" District shall follow the height regulations of the most restrictive bounding Residential District, whether contiguous to or across the street; provided, however, that when said building is attached to another, the regulations of the Residential District of the building to which it is attached shall apply.

(4) Off-street Parking.

(a) All buildings in any "C-1" District shall follow the parking requirements of the most restrictive bounding Residential District, whether contiguous to or across the street; provided, however, that when said building is attached to another, the regulations of the Residential District of the building to which it is attached shall apply.

(b) Each off-street parking space shall comply with all of the provisions of § 14-1403 of this Title.

(5) Signs. Signs accessory to uses on the premises shall be permitted in this district only under the following conditions:

(a) Only one sign shall be permitted on each building, and it shall not exceed one square foot for each linear foot of building facing any and only one street, shall be constructed facing only on that street designated for the above computation, and must be attached flat against the wall of the building;

(b) Signs may be illuminated; provided, the illumination shall be focused upon the sign itself, so as to prevent glare upon the surrounding areas, but it shall not be flashing, intermittent, or animated illumination;

(c) Signs which revolve shall be prohibited;

(d) Any revolving device which causes intermittent flashes of light to be projected shall be prohibited.