Q: Converting mixed-use building to residential
I'm looking for houses and happened across a gorgeous old building with shop space downstairs and 3 apartments upstairs. I'm interested in living in one of the units, renting out the others, and using the shop space as an art studio. What zoning issues might I face with this? I find the municipal code to be tough to understand. I'm willing to hire a lawyer if it's going to be an involved project, but if I just need to file some papers with Cincinnati city council then I'll be able to save the cost.
A: You need to hire an architect familiar with conversions, residential construction, and the local building and zoning code to assess what you plan to do, what you must do to comply, or if any variances will be needed. The architect should have good rapport with the folks at building and zoning.
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