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811.1 CHINATOWN VISITOR RETAIL DISTRICT - The Chinatown Visitor Retail Neighborhood Commercial District extends along Grant Avenue between California and Jackson Streets. This district contains a concentration of shopping bazaars, art goods stores, and restaurants that attract visitors and shoppers and contribute to the City's visual and economic diversity. Grant Avenue provides an important link between Downtown retail shopping and the Broadway, North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf areas.

Art. 8 USES - This district is intended to preserve the street's present character and scale and to accommodate uses primarily appealing to visitors (e.g. tourist gift shops, jewelry stores, art goods, and large restaurants). In order to promote continuous retail frontage, entertainment, financial services, medical service, automotive and drive-up uses are restricted. Most commercial uses, except financial services are permitted on the first two stories. There are also special controls on fast-food restaurants and tourist hotels.

803.2 USES NOT PERMITTED - No use shall be permitted which by reason of its nature or manner of operation, creates conditions that are hazardous, noxious, or offensive through the emission of odor, fumes, smoke, cinders, dust, gas, vibration, glare, refuse, water-carried waste, or excessive noise.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT AND BULK - Generally 50 feet and "N" bulk limit. Conditional Use for buildings over 35 feet in height and other exceptions and requirements listed in Sections 254, 263.4, 263.6. (See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.)

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT - The commercial FAR for the district is 2.0:1. For exceptions from FAR limits see Section 124(b) and 124.1.

811.91 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY - One unit per 200 square feet of lot area.

134 REAR YARDS - A rear yard of 25% of the lot depth would be required at the first level of residential use and above, or may be modified per Section 134.1.

135 OPEN SPACE - Open space would be required for all commercial and institutional uses exceeding 10,000 gross sq. ft. at the ratio of one sq. ft. of open space per 50 gross sq. ft. of commercial or institutional space. These requirements may be modified per Section 135.1. Residences would require 48 sq. ft. of open space per dwelling unit.

151 PARKING - Parking spaces for dwelling units require one space for each dwelling unit or may be modified to 1:4 units per Section 161(n) or eliminated per Section 161(a). Off-street parking for commercial and institutional uses is not required per Section 161(c).