Developer’s Latest Plan Won’t Make Garage Legal

The developer built an illegal garage on the corner lot which exceeds the lot coverage allowed for the parcel.  (See previous post)

The entire roof of the garage is above ground, so according to City law, it counts as lot coverage.  This is a problem for the developer.

Now the developer has submitted an application to “add additional retaining walls and return grades to original elevations along East and West sides of bunker garage.”

This won’t change the fact that the garage is above original ground level.

Click to see p. 5

Click to see p. 5

p 2 of site plan floor is 325.53

Click to see p. 2

The  developer’s original plan for the garage (approved by DPD) shows that the top of the garage is at least two feet above ground.  P. 2 of this plan states the main floor of the house has an elevation of 325.5′ while p. 5 states the ground level is 323′.

Garage roof is just a couple inches below floor level of house

Garage roof is just a couple inches below floor level of house

This photo shows that the top of the new garage is just an inch or two below the level of the floor of the house, so the garage is at least 2 feet above ground.

The developer could bury the whole garage under a pile of dirt, but that won’t change anything.  What matters is the entire top of the garage is above ground – the original height of the yard is 323′ and the top of the garage he built is at least 325′.

As our last post said, the only way to make this garage legal is to remove it, or expand the yard by transferring land from the developer’s adjacent property.  That would make it illegal to build the 3 story house the developer is trying to build on the adjacent lot.  That is a problem for the developer.

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