What commercial things can I do with my artist loft?
June 5, 2012 10:16 AM Subscribe
How do I figure out what I can do with my weirdly zoned artist loft?
posted by ErikH2000 to Law & Government (2 answers total)
I live in a leased "artist loft" which is in an area in Seattle zoned for industrial use. This particular building has been granted an exception to the zoning rules for residents that use the space for creative purposes. All of the paperwork I've dug up is on the ambiguous side. There is essentially an asterisk next to my building noting that it's a bit different.
I have a lot of different ideas on ways to use the space commercially, e.g. run a small theater inside it. In fact, I could tailor my ideas to the rules if I just knew what they were.
The person who would know a lot of answers to my questions is my landlord, since he's lived in and managed the building for decades, and made agreements with the city to get work/live units in the building. I'm reluctant to go to him for two reasons: 1. He might give answers that are more in line with his desired use of the building instead of what is available to me by law (city regulations, our signed lease) 2. It might cause him to increase my rent by more if he believes I'm more invested in the space. I'm not assuming I'll be in conflict with the guy, and I wouldn't start something important that relied on being kept a secret. I just suspect it is best to figure out what I can do first, before approaching the landlord.
Can you give me any advice here? Also, just advice on the type of professional I might want to contact is good too.