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*Updated 11th July 2010*
Added H&M Objects and some fixes - see section below
I've always wanted to build a High Street lot where there were shops on the ground floor and apartments above them. When the Apartment Life EP came out I was sure this would be possible, but I was disappointed. This mod brings you the very few changes that are necessary in order to make it possible. You can now build a combo-lot, one that is residential (specifically apartments) but with a community lot flavour too. The lot will be an apartment lot when you make it, not a community lot, so you cannot send Sims to it like a community lot.
This mod will spawn the required NPCs for objects, for example, a Clerk to manage a cash register. This mod does not spawn additional visitors, as with your neighbours, the landlord/lady and walk-bys there will be quite enough people on the lot as it is.
Various objects are 'fixed' in this package to allow them to be used on such a lot. If you find a community object that you want to use on such a combo-lot doesn't work (or doesn't work correctly), press the appropriate button below to check whether it is part of the package, and either way, let me know so I can fix it or add it.
I have also built an example lot to show you what I was imagining as I made this. I hope this encourages you to make other combo lots.
Home Business are also disabled by Maxis on Apartment Lots. This mod does not change that fact.
Expansion Pack Requirements
This mod only requires you to have the Apartment Life EP. It has been tested using the AnyGameStarter in exactly such a configuration. If you also have other EPs, the community objects from those EPs will also be able to work in this sort of combo lot.
Building a combo Apartment/Community Lot to use with this mod
In order to make a lot that has community lot features (e.g. shops) and apartments as well you must follow these instructions. Ensure that any community lot features are not contained within an apartment or they will (deliberately) not function as community lot items. For example, if you place a cash register inside an apartment, a Clerk will not be spawned to operate it.
Start by building a residential lot (this is necessary for the apartment to work later).
Build your lot as far as you can - you will notice that the community lot buy mode stuff is not available.
In the cheats window type changeLotZoning community
Save and exit the lot
Re-enter the lot (you'll note it says it is a community lot as you enter it now)
Finish your building with whatever community lot peices you want
In the cheats window type changeLotZoning apartmentbase - you will notice the mail box changes shape from the residential style mailbox to the apartment style mailbox
These twothreads contains various apartment building problems including those to do with mailboxes. It would appear that buyable mailboxes have caused many problems with the building of apartments.
Save and exit the lot
While there are no families living on your lot you can repeat these steps as often as you require. If you need to make changes after a family has moved in, you must move them out first.
Take it easy with objects that spawn NPCs as having lots of extra Sims in your lot all the time may well cause your game to run slower. The various objects that spawn NPCs are marked with * in the lists below.
For those of you interested in the gory detail (or trying to work out if your favourite community object will work in a combo lot) click here.
Community Lot objects that will work on a combo Apartment/Community Lot
In the lists below, any item with an * means that an NPC is spawned through the use of this object. Any item with a means that clones of this object should work since a global BHAV was updated to make it work (although I cannot be responsible for what other Modders do to cloned objects that might stop them working!). Any item with means a clone of this will require the changes I made to be made to the clone as well. In all cases - recolors of these objects will work fine.
I have tested this type of lot with the following community lot shopping related items and made updates to them as required. If I have missed any, let me know and I will test and update the items to make them work.
Shopping related items
Llamark Electronic Cash Register *
GazeEase "Stow 'N' Show" Produce Bin
Imperial Plumbing Pole-Air Freezer Bin
VeggiStuf Produce Bin
Food Shrine Commercial Display Freezer
Food Temple Commercial Display Freezer
SimSentry Clothing Booth
Old Fashioned Change Room
Deluxe Magazine Rack
ClothesHorse Display Rack
The Great Dress Rack
Countertop Game Display from Group Interaction LTD.
Enterprise Office Freestanding Game Rack
Empress's New Clothes Rack
Exceptionally Expensive Clothing Collator
Sellafone Gadget Kiosk
"Compulsion" Fragrance Display
Open for Business EP
Aunt Julianna's Old Moneymaker *
Collar Connection Display
Cat-Crazy Pet Display (The Alternative Download removes this)
Doggonit Pet Display (The Alternative Download removes this)
H&M Fashion SP
Register Bisquit Number Cruncher by Typax Co. *
Zecutine's Cube Stand Clothing Rack (For Dudes)
Zecutine's Cube Stand Clothing Rack (For the Ladies)
Try On Clothing Booth by MegaSecure Co.
I have tested this type of lot with the following community lot entertainment related items and made updates to them as required. If I have missed any, let me know and I will test and update the items to make them work. Some community lot objects rely on the fact that there are always lots of people at a community lot. There should be quite enough people on your lot with your neighbours and the landlord/lady, plus any random walk-bys, so no further Sims are spawned by this mod. You may have to get to know your neighbours at little before you can get them to join in with your games.
Entertainment related items
N.B. The bars that were shipped with the base game do not spawn NPCs on Community lots anyway, so they are not included here.
Impresso Espress-o-Matic *
Way Fluid Island Bar *
"52 Pickup" Card Table
"Pinmaster 300" Bowling Alley by Hurling Fun Products, Inc.
"The Grease Stands Alone" Island Bar *
The Oasis *
"NeonBar" by Neontrix *
Tempest Cooktop from Cuas *
"Gastronomique" Restaurant Podium **
Open for Business EP
Podium of Bonappitizon
I have tested this type of lot with the following community lot service items and made updates to them as required. If I have missed any, let me know and I will test and update the items to make them work.
"Sit 'n'Grin" Photo Booth from iBurn Commercial Imagery
This mod clashes with Pescado's No Auto Pet Buy mod. The alternative download removes the Pet Displays from the objects that can be used correctly on a combo-lot and thus removes the clash.
I don't know of any other mods that this mod clashes with, but there is always the possibility. The pertinent information for the owner of the other object is here.
Possible hack clashes
I have updated the following BHAVs:
Llamark Electronic Cash Register (Group 0x7F2C536A) Function - Main (0x1001)
You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.
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