Envision Franklin

Design Concepts | ENVISION FRANKLIN 69 USES Primary Institutional, Local Commercial, and Professional and Transitional Office Secondary Recreation FORM Building Placement Building setbacks adjacent to streets should be minimal to create an active street environment that encourages pedestrian activity. Where internal drives are used to organize buildings and pedestrian movement, setbacks to internal drives should be minimized wherever possible. Buildings, where feasible, should be sited or designed to create public spaces, such as a formal open space, pedestrian plaza, courtyard, outdoor seating area, etc., that are easily accessible from adjacent streets or sidewalks. Building Character Buildings should engage and define the street edge with landscaping, pedestrian walkways, and street furnishings to allow for safe and comfortable movement of pedestrians. Street furnishings may include a combination of pedestrian seating, movable tables, planters, pedestrian-scaled light fixtures, artwork or decorative paving, waste receptacles, bike racks, and other street furnishings. Buildings should have a primary entry identity that defines the visual character of the building, and it should be oriented toward the primary street. Buildings may have additional primary entrances, which should be oriented to a secondary street, internal drive that resembles a street, or prominent public space. Building design should have pedestrian-scaled architectural details that enhance the appearance of the building at the street level. Architectural styles may vary, but features should include storefront windows, awnings, distinctive roof forms, and outdoor lighting. All building walls should employ massing variation, modulation, horizontal and vertical articulation, and architectural detailing to break down the overall scale of a building. Each wall should include materials and design characteristics consistent with those on the front. The effect of a single, long, or massive wall with no relation to human scale is not acceptable. The choice of materials and texture has great visual significance and can affect the long-term appearance and maintenance of the built environment. High-quality and long-lasting materials that offer texture and avoid monotonous surfaces are encouraged, and the look and dimension of these material elements should relate to human scale. Delivery and service areas should be to the side or rear of the building. Conventional drive-through window uses are discouraged. Drive-through window uses may be appropriate if integrated into the side or rear of multi-tenant buildings without the need for a front drive aisle between the primary structure and the street it faces. NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL