How to Kill Your Business Before Opening the Doors....
Every business owner faces the challenge of finding the right space for their operation. From location to price to layout, critical decisions must be made.
Selection of the wrong building or space can set into motion a series of costly, time-consuming and frustrating situations that can take too much capital which - down the road - will bankrupt the business.
Buying some raw land to build a new building - then finding out the zoning doesn't allow your type of use. You want to build a beer drive-thru in a zoning district that doesn't allow them. Solutions could range from a zoning variance to a full re-zoning to abandoning the space and allowing the lawyers to try to get you out of your lease. Zoning issues can take months and tens of thousands of dollars without any guarantee of success.
Buying a building - then finding out that your type of use requires a full sprinkler system installed. New sprinkler systems can easily cost $150,000 which may be your WHOLE budget. A building code variance may be possible but requires time, money and expertise to achieve.
Leasing a space in a strip center for a restaurant - then finding out you have to amend/firerate the walls between the adjacent spaces, completely change the heating and cooling system, the parking lot doesn't have enough parking, the incoming gas service is too small, the roof has to be cut and structurally changed for the hood exhaust, there aren't enough bathrooms and the electrical panels aren't large enough to carry the loads needed for the new equipment. WHEW!! And that's just the beginning!
Being your own contractor on your project with little, if any, experience in running a construction project. From letting permits expire without renewing them (and then having to repay for the permit), to getting fleeced by a sub-contractor, to having materials stolen off the job, to under-estimating the cost of the project, and more - all contribute to killing your business.
Leasing a space in a strip center - then finding out the zoning requires a certain number of parking spaces for your type of use. You want to open a nightclub in a zoning district that requires more parking for bars. There is not enough parking on the site. Solutions could range from a zoning variance to reducing the size of the bar to abandoning the space and allowing the lawyers to try to get you out of your lease. Parking variances can be difficult and time consuming to achieve anc can take months without any guarantee of success.
Adding a warehouse to the back of a retail building and then finding out you need to install two sidewalks, bike racks and a full underground storm water system. To the tune of $85,000.....
AND THE BUDGET IS SHOT BEFORE CONSTRUCTION EVEN BEGINS!
So....Welcome to Jeanne Cabral Architects!
We are here to help. A business owner can benefit from our years of experience in troubleshooting commercial projects. From helping select the right property to code and zoning research to building code compliance, construction drawings, rezonings, variance and permit application, we save you time and money and headaches.
Jeanne Cabral Architects is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction - we will do everything we can to meet your needs.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
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