Chapter 4
Private Frontage Definitions

7.401 Private Frontage Definitions.

Following is a description of terms used in Article 2, Chapter 4.

Base, Middle, Cap. The base, middle, and cap are areas on a vertical building wall. These areas are defined by building features such as horizontal elements such as cornices or belt courses, or by changes in building material.

1.    The base is the ground floor level, including mezzanines for tall buildings.

2.    The middle is upper stories above the ground floor,

3.    The cap is the top portion of the building including the area above the uppermost windows and the roof.

Cap. See: Base, Middle, Cap.

Front Building Wall. The exterior wall of a building that is roughly parallel to and facing the front street.

Front Street. The primary street onto which the building faces. If a site has frontage on two or more streets with different level designations, the front street shall be the higher level street (i.e. A street vs. B street). If a site has frontage on two or more A streets, each A street frontage shall be treated as a front street. If a site has frontage on two or more streets with a B or C designation, the property owner may choose which street will be the front street, and which street will be the side street.

Middle. See: Base, Middle, Cap.

Side Street. The non-front street on a lot with more than one street frontage. See: Front Street for a description of how the front street is determined.

Transparency. The percentage of the building facade which contains windows or doors. Transparency is calculated separately for each floor of the building.