Rhode Island Assembly, Speeds Approval for Parking Garage, No Money for Commuter Rail Station


Location of proposed Garrahy Parking Garage

In wee-hours of Saturday morning, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill to speed the construction of a parking garage in Providence, but failed to provide funding for a proposed commuter rail station in Pawtucket / Central Falls.

The Providence Journal: R.I. House passes bill to speed garage project by Providence courthouse

A bill speeding construction of a $45 million parking garage next to the Garrahy Judicial Complex downtown passed the House Friday night and is one step from clearing the General Assembly.

Requested by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission to advance a planned life sciences development, the bill would eliminate a requirement that the commission reach agreements to sell three parcels of the property it controls on the former interstate highway land before the garage would be built.


Instead of requiring three purchase-and-sales agreements on the I-195 land before the garage could be built, the bill would require Wexford/CV to lease at least 400 parking spaces.

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40th Annual Rhode Island Pridefest – June 18, 2016


2012 Illuminated Night Parade

This Saturday, Rhode Island Pride celebrates the 40th Annual Rhode Island Gay Pride Festival and Parade.


Pridefest starts Saturday, June 18th, at noon on South Water Street along the waterfront.

Illuminated Night Parade

The Illuminated Night Parade starts at 8pm traveling along Dorrance, Washington, and Empire Streets downtown.

A full schedule of Pride events can be found here.

Facebook event page

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – June 21, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 4:45pm
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 the May 17, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 16-027 MI – 54-56 Glenham and 200 Taylor Street – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 4,000 SF into two lots measuring 1,600 SF and 2,400 SF respectively. There are two existing buildings that would be located on separate lots as a result of the subdivision. The applicant will require dimensional relief from the zoning board of review for creation of undersized lots – for action (AP 45 Lot 661, Upper South Providence)

Institutional Master Plan

2. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment – The Zoning Board of Appeals overturned the CPCs December 15, 2015 denial of Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan Amendment and remanded it to the CPC for a decision – for action (Upper South Providence)



Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – June 15, 2016

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
June 15, 2016, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
Providence, RI 02903


  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of May Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Francis Street Modifications – Downtown (For Action) – Providence Place Mall intends to make improvements to the Francis Street side of the mall, including the sidewalk area and street. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the plans.
  4. Harris Avenue Modifications – Smith Hill, Valley, Olneyville (For Action) – The Department of Public Works has proposed striping for Harris Avenue. DPW seeks comment from the BPAC regarding the conceptual plans.
  5. Potential Bicycle Improvements through Downtown to improve access to Classical High School – Downtown (For Discussion)
  6. Potential Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements to streets surrounding the new LINK District waterfront parks and Providence River Pedestrian Bridge – Downtown, Fox Point (For Discussion)
  7. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  8. Adjournment
Full Disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

Capital Center Commission Meeting – June 15, 2016

Agenda Roll Call Minutes – Meeting of April 13, 2016 Parcel 3S: One Citizens Plaza – Proposal to install a new exterior door, stair and landing on the east side of the building Parcels 3E and 3W: parking lots – Proposal to install new urban landscaping Parcel 1: Union Station Parking Lot – Request for […]



Vigils for the victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando are being held in Providence Monday night and Tuesday evening.


RIPTA Bus Stop Design Guide Public Meetings – June 9, 15, & 20, 2016

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is currently developing bus stop design guidelines for use by RIPTA, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, municipalities and others, when roads with RIPTA bus routes are reconstructed or otherwise improved. Your input is valuable in helping shape a “complete streets” approach that enhances transit ridership through guidelines […]


Building Bridges: The Launch – May 28, 2016

Building Bridges is a new movement to activate, celebrate, imagine, and help realize Providence’s future premiere riverfront park and its pedestrian bridge, and THE LAUNCH! is our exciting first event. Together, we can show what an amazing, vibrant public space this can be, and why building our park and bridge is so important!


ProJo: R.I. state aid approved for planned Providence hotel

Construction may begin this summer on an extended-stay hotel on a vacant, triangular lot in Providence’s Capital Center Commission district because the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation agreed Monday night to give the developer as much as $4.8 million in taxpayer assistance over 20 years.


Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 7, 2016

In Downcity and its merchant members are excited to announce the colorful return of the Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Saturday May 7th from 11am­ to 6pm. We will be celebrating the local flavors, sounds, and textures of our city–all along Westminster Street!