Within and at the edges of suburban centers, commercial buildings may be set back with front yards depending on the context and character of the area. However, these buildings still have a positive relationship with the public realm of the street:
  • The primary orientation of the building is towards the street.
  • The front entrance is clearly articulated. Preferred entry location is from the primary street. If this is not possible, entry is from a clearly identifiable public space on the side of the building.
  • Parking is behind the building. If this is not possible, parking is in a well-screened lot along the side of the building (see also Details L31 and L42).
  • Landscaping along the front clearly defines the space of the street.
  • Pedestrian connections lead from the sidewalk to entrances and parking.
  • Important corners receive special architectural expression.