Zoning Handbook

The objectives of the Downtown Retail Core Sub-Area are to create the highest concentrations of retail, arts, and street-activating uses within the D zones, to achieve continuous provision of these uses, employ design standards that ensure buildings reinforce and activate pedestrian areas through continuous street frontages, generous display windows, frequent pedestrian entrances, and designated street-facing entrances for parking and loading only when necessary.

The general location of the retail core is between 9th and 15th Streets, N.W., between E and H Streets, N.W.

Retail core
Location of Downtown Retail Core Sub-Area

If a building has frontage on 1 of the following streets, 50% of the use requirements shall be met by the provision of arts uses or entertainment, assembly, and performing arts uses:

  • The north side of E Street, N.W. between 10th and 13th Streets, N.W.;
  • The north side of Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (including E Street, N.W.) between 13th and 14th Streets, N.W.;
  • The south side of F Street, N.W. between 10th and 14th Streets, N.W.;
  • The north and south side of G Street, N.W. between 9th and 10th Streets, N.W.;
  • The west side of 9th Street, N.W. between E and F Streets, N.W.;
  • The east and west sides of 11th, 12th, and 13th Street, N.W. between E and F Streets, N.W.; and
  • The east side of 14th Street, N.W. between E and F Streets, N.W.

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