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(A) Fire district. To control types of construction for the purpose of reducing the inherent fire hazard exacerbated by congestion of buildings, it is herewith determined that an area to be known as the “fire district” shall be maintained. Such district is bounded and described as follows:
Beginning at the intersection of the east branch of Turtlecreek with the north branch of Turtlecreek; thence along the north branch of Turtlecreek northwardly to its intersection with the centerline of East Warren Street projected westwardly; thence along such projection of the centerline of East Warren Street eastwardly to the centerline of East Street; thence southwardly, along the centerline of East Street to its intersection with the east branch of Turtlecreek; thence along the east branch of Turtlecreek westwardly to its intersection with the centerline of Mechanic Street; thence northwardly along the centerline of Mechanic Street to the centerline of South Street; thence westwardly along the centerline of South Street to the centerline of South Broadway; thence southwardly along the centerline of South Broadway to its intersection with the east branch of Turtlecreek; thence along the east branch of Turtlecreek westwardly to the place of beginning.
(B) Frame construction prohibited. No building of frame construction shall be erected within the fire district nor shall such a building or structure be moved from without to within, or from one lot to another within the fire district, except as otherwise provided in this section and no building of otherwise lawful construction shall be extended in height or area within the fire district by frame construction; except that one-, two- and three-family dwellings may be extended in area by not more than 300 square feet and to a height of not more than 2½ stories nor more than 35 feet.
(C) Roof coverings. All roof coverings shall be constructed to meet the requirements of Class A or Class B roofs.
(1) Where it is determined by the Building Inspector with the approval of the City Engineer, because of distance between buildings, character of development, type of building construction, or other factors affecting fire safety, that the requirements that a roof be Class A or Class B is not warranted, this requirement may be waived. Such waiver shall be in the form of an endorsement on the application for building permit by both the Building Inspector and City Engineer.
(2) Residential buildings and accessory residential buildings located in the fire zone may be of frame construction where their location on a lot provides separation from interior lot lines or other buildings on the same lot of not less than 20 feet.
(D) Outbuildings and parking lot offices. Outbuildings and parking lot offices not more than ten feet in height and 100 square feet in area may be erected of frame (type V) construction when accessory to a lot approved for motor vehicle parking and when located not less than six feet from all lot lines or other buildings.
(E) Builder’s shanties and reviewing stands. Temporary builder’s shanties erected in connection with approved building operations, platforms, reviewing stands, booths erected for use during festivals, and other similar miscellaneous structures may be erected of frame (type V) construction for a limited period of time as approved by the Building Inspector.
(F) Private garages. Private garages not more than one story nor more than 15 feet in height when accessory to a one-, two- or three-family dwelling may be erected of protected frame (type V-A) construction nor more than 750 square feet in area, or of frame (type V-B) construction not more than 500 square feet in area, when located not less than six feet from interior lot lines or from any other building.
(G) Store fronts. Wood veneers of one-inch nominal thickness or exterior grade plywood not less than 3/8-inch thick may be used on store fronts when facing public streets; provided the veneer does not exceed one story in height and is applied to noncombustible backing.
(Am. Ord. 1695, passed 8-8-72; Am. Ord. 4000, passed 6-20-77)