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Calculating Store Area

Mark Orling
Rust|Orling Architecture
December 8, 2009

Is there a definition or commonly used interpretation for
"Street Frontage"? Does this include or exclude an alley
or a pedestrian way?


David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
December 8, 2009

In order for any area to be included as street frontage or otherwise, it must be fully enclosed. Store Area specifically refers to tenant space, so an alley and/or pedestrian way could not be included as Store Area.

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
December 10, 2009

If your question is whether Street Frontage would apply in the case of an alley or a pedestrian way, it is our interpretation of the standard that in most cases it would not. The "Street Frontage" term itself implies that it would not include an alley or pedestrian way. We believe however that the intention of the standard is to apply the street frontage rules to Store Area when access to the retail areas of a building are easily available from the building exterior and to the general public. Unfortunately, the BOMA publications are rather vague in this regard.

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