ProJo: Former Providence Mayor Paolino seeks $4.25M in tax help for new hotel

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Former Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. is seeking $4.25 million in state tax help to redevelop his historic office building at 30 Kennedy Plaza into a 48-room boutique hotel that he says would attract guests visiting the tenants in his adjacent office tower at 100 Westminster St.

When he bought both buildings and a nearby parking lot in early 2014 for about $60 million, Paolino said he hoped to turn the smaller of the buildings, built in the mid 1800s, into a hotel.


Paolino said challenges remain with his hotel plans. He has been one of the loudest critics of existing conditions at Kennedy Plaza, where many of the state’s bus routes converge. He said the city’s recent imposition of a no-smoking policy in Kennedy Plaza will help the area become more of a park and less a place where people loiter. But more must be done — the reason, Paolino said, that he has become chairman of the Downtown Improvement District.


Providence Historic District Commission Meeting – June 26, 2017

City of Providence Historic District Commission Agenda
JUNE 26, 2017 – 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building, Providence, RI 02903
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor, Conf. Room

Opening Session


Approval of the June 7th meeting minutes.

Project Review

1. CASE 17.053, 21 PLANET STREET, Welcome Arnold House, c1785-95 (COLLEGE HILL) – The applicant is requesting the demolition of the building. The applicants have requested that the application be continued, and the commission will vote on a continuance to a date certain. Public comment will be taken at that date.

2. CASE 17.010, 124 SYCAMORE STREET, vacant lot (ARMORY) – The applicant is requesting the new construction of a two-story cottage (This item is continued from the June 7th meeting).

3. CASE 17.045, 15 BARNES STREET, House, c1960 (COLLEGE HILL) – The applicant is requesting the construction of two additions, specifically: a First floor addition (16’10” x 13’8 1?2”) on back side of house behind existing carport; a Second floor addition (18’7” x 18’5.5”) above existing one-story living room; and a Second floor addition (12’11 1?2” x 11’) and deck (9’3 1?2” x 13 8 1?2”) above new construction on first floor. Additional the following alterations are being requested: Adding a front door to the street-facing side of the house to provide a means of entrance; Addition of a garage door recessed in existing; Relocation of existing carport entry stairs to inside the house; Adding additional windows in the existing living room on the east and south facing elevations; Relocation of second floor window on east-facing side, as well as relocation and addition f second window on west-facing; Alteration of the siding and window trim. Slight relocation of window so that it is better aligned; the Addition of a sunscreen to the rear elevation and the installation of fencing (This item is continued from the June 7th meeting).

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Free in-state train service, July 3rd through the end of the year

Wickford Junction Station. Photo from RIDOT’s Facebook Page

Press Release from RIDOT:

RIDOT Offering Free In-State Commuter Rail Trips Between Wickford Junction, T.F. Green And Providence Stations

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is encouraging Rhode Islanders to leave their cars at home for the daily trip to work, catching a flight, or a visit to the capital city by making in-state travel free on trains between Wickford Junction, T.F. Green and Providence stations.

RIDOT is making commuter rail service free for a limited time, beginning on July 3 and running through the end of the year. The promotion will raise awareness of this convenient transit service, encouraging more people to use the train instead of the busy Route 4 highway corridor and the subsequent challenges of driving into and parking in Providence.

“Rhode Island ranks on the bottom when it comes to the percentage of travelers who use transit as opposed to cars, yet we have the infrastructure and train service to make it easy for people to get around our state without a car,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “Making it free for a period of time will make more people aware of this great service and provide them an opportunity try it and use it on a regular basis.”

Parking at Wickford Junction Station is free year-round. The facility – located minutes from Exit 5 on Route 4 in North Kingstown – includes covered garage parking, restrooms, a climate-controlled indoor waiting area, electric car charging stations and vending machines.

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – June 20, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 5:30pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from May 16, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3417 – 763-771 Broad Street/339 Potters Avenue – The applicant is requesting that a portion of 769 Broad Street that is zoned R-3 be rezoned to C-1 so that the lot is consistently zoned – for action (AP 49 Lot 632, Elmwood)

Minor Subdivision

2. Case No. 17-017MI – 225 Dyer Street and 150 Richmond Street (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide two lots of approximately 5.07 acres into five lots measuring 9,956 SF, 92,846 SF, 46,853 SF, 35,254 SF and 33,190 SF – for action (AP 20 Lots 395 and 396, Downtown)

3. Case No. 17-014MI – 7-9 Duncan Avenue (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 14,160 SF into two lots measuring 5,957 SF and 8,202 SF. The lot is zoned C-2 – for action (AP 5 Lot 517, Mt. Hope)

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Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – June 21, 2017

Agenda Roll Call Approval of February 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) Approval of May 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) Nomination of Commission Chair (For Action) “Fountain Street Bike Lane Improvements” – Downtown – Ward 1 (For Action) — The City seeks comments from the BPAC regarding potential improvements to the separated bike lane on Fountain […]


Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 12, 2017

Agenda Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of March 13, 2017, April 10, 2017, May 1, 2017 (Special Meeting), and May 8, 2017 New Business 1. DRC Application No. 16.30: 91 Chestnut Street (I-195 Redevelopment District Parcel 30) – Request by Waldorf Capital Management, LLC for modifications to the approved design of […]