Background: The Traffic Engineering Division received site plans from Mr. Buddy Nelms, owner and operator of the property at 1032 Broadway, requesting a variance to the City Code requirements to extend the stair egress three feet four inches into the right-of-way. The owner wishes to utilize the existing stairway in order to develop the upper floors.
Analysis: Code requires a 1 ft. 6 in clearance from the bottom step to the exit. Code also requires the door open outward. Meeting these codes would require encroachment into the right of way since the right of way is up to the face of the building. The owner has agreed to place planters on both sides of the doorway to protect the pedestrians on the sidewalk.
Alternatives: A denial would prevent the installation.
Financial Considerations: There are no costs to the City beyond administrative cost for permitting and inspections.
Legal Considerations: Council must approve all permanent encroachments into public right-of-way.
Recommended /Actions: Approval is requested to approve the attached resolution authorizing a permanent encroachment at 1032 Broadway to construct a stair egress that will extend three feet four inches into the public right-of-way from the existing building face.
WHEREAS, the property owner of 1032 Broadway desires to utilize an existing stair egress for the building/business to develop the upper floors; and,
WHEREAS, in order to meet the exit/egress requirements for clearance and exit doors opening outward will require encroachment onto the public right of way(sidewalk area); and,
WHEREAS, the business will be required to provide protection that blocks the doorway opening from pedestrians on the sidewalk area; and,
WHEREAS, the Engineering and Inspections and Code departments have reviewed the architectural drawings and have no objection to the request, allowing a permanent encroachment into the Broadway right-of-way.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
That a permanent encroachment of a stair egress three feet four inches into the public right-of-way at 1032 Broadway is hereby authorized; said encroachment approved with the condition that should the stair egress ever become a conflict with any future public improvement, the stair egress shall be removed at no cost to the city.