By Cornelia de Bruin
Triplicate staff writer
The harbor district soon may be graced with tall buildings that are
home to people and businesses with parking beneath them.
When Crescent City councilors meet today, a proposal taking the first
step allowing such a change will come before them.
At issue is a zone change.
Sent to council by the city Planning Commission on Thursday, the
proposal seeks to modify the height limit in the Commercial
Manufacturing District from 45 feet to 70 feet.
"The Coastal Commission is OK with it," said Will Caplinger, city
planner. "We want a demonstration project to show that we can comply
with the FEMA regs for height."
The proposal builds on a matter commissioners approved Dec. 14, which
recommends that condominium uses in a mixed-use development at 270
U.S. Hwy. 101, be allowed through a permitting process. That's the
site at the highway's "S" curve, which was once home to several
iterations of a seafood company.
Further investigation of the site found that the property was
probably fouled by petroleum or other hazardous substances because an
auto service business used to be there. An underground fuel tank may
The latest recommendation was built off the December decision for
The structure remaining is dilapidated and must be torn down.
The area is in a Special Flood Hazard Area a Federal Emergency
Management Agency designation that has its own regulations, which
means the lowest floor of any replacement that's built has to be at
least 17 feet above the site's grade. Because the space between the
floor and the ground can't be enclosed, any structure essentially
would be raised on pilings.
To build in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency
requirements, development costs at the 45-feet height limit that's
now in effect would be prohibitive.
Since the nearby area founded by Front and Third Streets and A and K
Streets allows buildings up to 70 feet high, planning commissioners
want the 270 Hwy. 101 site to do so as well.
If you go
What: City Council meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. today
Where: Cultural Center on Front Street