Envision Franklin

74 ENVISION FRANKLIN | Design Concepts FORM Building Character Buildings generally 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. 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. 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 buildings without the need for a front drive aisle between the primary structure and the street it faces. If designed with garages, dwellings should have rear-loaded garages accessed by alleys. New multifamily residential is encouraged to create lively, walkable neighborhoods near restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and workplaces. First floors are encouraged to have active commercial spaces, including retail, restaurants, leasing offices, and other amenities, which should be individually accessible from the street. In locations where commercial use on the first floor is not viable, multifamily units should provide individual ground floor entrances, stoops or front porches, and pedestrian connections to the street or to a drive resembling a street. Multifamily and mixed use site design should integrate seamless pedestrian connectivity across the site and to other uses. For properties inside Mack Hatcher Parkway: The small-town identity of the area should be preserved through special attention to massing and scale of new development. Historic structures are important community resources and should be preserved and protected. New buildings should be designed to be compatible with the predominant character along the street and should be sensitive to nearby buildings. NEIGHBORHOOD MIXED-USE