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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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CNU and its collaborators are working to change the International Fire Code with proposed amendments empowering local fire code officials to be flexible on street designs. CNU members Carl Wren, Norman Garrick, Danny Pleasant, and the EPA's Danielle Arigoni wrote new language for Section 503 of the IFC — the passage that mandates designated fire access roads have at least 20 feet of clear space.

CNU members Patrick Siegman, a transportation planner with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in San Francisco, and Peter Swift, a civil and traffic engineer and owner of Swift & Associates in Longmont, Colo., also wrote a new appendix (Appendix K) that can be adopted by local jurisdictions.

2009

These changes were presented to the International Code Council in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 26, 2009. The ICC's Fire Code Committee approved Appendix K, but rejected the proposed Section 503 language. CNU's summary of that vote is available here. For a complete summary of the Baltimore proceedings, please visit our coding page. 

2010

The ICC's Final Action Hearings, held May 14-23, 2010, in Dallas, Texas, saw members reject both CNU code proposals. However, opponents did allow that the current fire code has the inherent flexibility to allow narrower streets in some circumstances. We have made the full video of the code hearing available for viewing.