The old Federal Building finally sold, and I was immediately curious as to what was going to be done with this albatross.
The article on this website indicates that the new owner plans to subdivide it into professional offices which made me wonder, how that could be allowed since it has almost no parking?
Its lack of parking would be a big problem if this building were located almost anywhere else in Cape Girardeau.
Section 25-203 of the city ordinances mandates that the change of usage would require the owner to provide 131 parking spaces based on the square footage.
The old Federal Building may have a little more than a tenth of that right now.
However, because it is located in the Central Business District, providing off-street parking is not a requirement (Section 25-201). None. Zip. Nada. Providing parking is completely optional in the CBD. That was news to me. For those of you not familiar with the ordinances here is what it says about the district which encompasses "Broadway, Riverfront and Good Hope / Haarig areas" of the city:
"(The CBD)is designed to protect the small community appeal, integrity, character, and charm within the central business district by encouraging redevelopment that focuses on architecturally appropriate design standards typical of the city's early development history."
NOTE: The original number of parking spaces cited in this blog has been changed. It was based on a 60,000 square foot building which is what I read in an online version yesterday. The version this morning indicates it is only 46,000, so I've corrected the number of parking spaces required by the city for buildings used for professional services. -- BAH