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Inset retail entry doors

Jamie Findlay
Findlay Design & Dev.
April 9, 2012


I'm looking at a space design for a client and am wondering if I recess his entrance door, so it does not swing out over the sidewalk, will that space used by recessing the door be counted in his GLA? His space would be rectangular, but recessing the entrance takes a "bite" out of the space, which will not be enclosed, but does have structure above it (residential unit).

The building is mixed use, with retail on the main, and residential above.

Thank you.

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 9, 2012

Hi Jamie,

No, recessing the door should not affect the GLA. The BOMA 2010 Retail Standard defines a lease line which is either pre-defined by the landlord, or defined by the surrounding architecture. The lease line is static, and should not normally be affected by tenant build-out.

Jamie Findlay
Findlay Design & Dev.
April 10, 2012


Thank you for your response. Would the upper floor not count as an overhang, and would therefore not be considered in locating the "measure line"?

Thanks again,

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