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The special transparency regulations of this Section, inclusive, shall apply to buildings in the Special Enhanced Commercial Districts indicated in the table in Section 132-13 (Applicability of Special Use, Transparency, Street Wall and Parking Regulations), except as otherwise provided in Section 132-31.
132-31 Applicability of Transparency Regulations
In Special Enhanced Commercial Districts, the special transparency provisions indicated in the table in Section 132-13 (Applicability of Special Use, Transparency, Street Wall and Parking Regulations) shall apply to developments and to buildings enlarged on the ground floor level, where such ground floor level fronts on a designated commercial street, except that such provisions shall not apply:
  1. to zoning lots in Commercial Districts with a width of less than 20 feet, as measured along the street line of a designated commercial street, provided such zoning lots existed on:
    1. November 29, 2011, for Special Enhanced Commercial District 1;
    2. June 28, 2012, for Special Enhanced Commercial Districts 2 and 3;
    3. October 11, 2012, for Special Enhanced Commercial District 4; and
    4. April 20, 2016, for Special Enhanced Commercial Districts 5 and 6;
  2. in Special Enhanced Commercial Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6, to buildings in Residence Districts where the ground floor level contains dwelling units.
132-32 Ground Floor Level Transparency Requirements
In the applicable Special Enhanced Commercial Districts, as indicated in the table in Section 132-13 (Applicability of Special Use, Transparency, Street Wall and Parking Regulations), the special transparency regulations of Section 37-34 (Minimum Transparency Requirements) shall apply to the ground floor level street walls of buildings fronting along a designated commercial street.
However, in Special Enhanced Commercial Districts 5 and 6, for buildings containing Use Groups 16, 17 and 18 at the ground floor level, up to 50 percent of the length of a street wall may be exempt from such regulations. Where the exempted portion is 50 feet or more in length and contains no transparent element between curb level and 12 feet above curb level or the ceiling of the ground floor, whichever is less, such exempted portion shall be covered with vines or similar planting or contain artwork or be treated so as to provide visual relief. Plantings shall be planted in soil having a depth of not less than 2 feet, 6 inches, and a minimum width of 24 inches. Where an extension or a conversion of the ground floor level results in a reduction of the exempted portion, provisions set forth in Section 37-34 shall apply to such reduced portion.
132-33 Street Wall Location
In the applicable Special Enhanced Commercial Districts indicated in the table in Section 132-13 (Applicability of Special Use, Transparency, Street Wall and Parking Regulations), the following provisions shall apply to a street wall or its prolongation fronting along a designated commercial street. The open area between the street line and street wall, or its prolongation, resulting from requirements set forth in this Section, shall be improved to Department of Transportation standards for sidewalks, be at the same level as the adjoining public sidewalk and be accessible to the public at all times. When applying requirements set forth in this Section, two or more adjacent developments or enlargements under common ownership or control shall be considered a single development or enlargement.
In Commercial and Manufacturing Districts, other than C4-4L Districts, mapped within Special Enhanced Commercial District 6, for developments or horizontal enlargements at the ground level, resulting in a street wall of 40 feet or wider, as measured along the street line of the designated commercial street, a sidewalk widening of five feet shall be provided along such street wall and its prolongation. A line parallel to and five feet from the street line of such street, as measured within the zoning lot, shall be considered the street line for the purpose of applying any applicable street wall provision.

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