Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – February 20, 2018

Providence City Plan Commission – Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 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 January 16 2018 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3425 – Rezoning of certain lots from R-2 to C-1
Proponent: Councilman Luis Aponte
– The applicant is proposing to rezone AP 58 Lots 182, 741 and 826 and AP 87 Lots 1 and 2 from R-2 to C-1 – for action (Washington Park)

2. Referral 3426 – Abandonment of Throop Alley – Petitioner: 110 North Main LLC – The petitioner is proposing to abandon Throop Alley, which runs east to west between North Main and Canal Street and located between AP 10 Lots 706, 707, 585 and 31 – for action (Downtown)

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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 21, 2018

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
February 21, 2018, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor, Providence, RI 02903


  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of January 2018 Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. City Walk Phase 1 Conceptual Review – Downtown, Upper South Providence – Wards 1, 11 (For Action) — The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development seeks comments from the BPAC regarding the conceptual plans for Phase 1 of City Walk. The plans involve striping, signage, and public art improvements between Richmond Street and Broad Street. This will be a concept level review of the project. When advanced in the future, this project will come back to the BPAC for preliminary plan review.
  4. King Street Conceptual Review – Olneyville – Ward 15 (For Action) — The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development seeks comments from the BPAC regarding green infrastructure and neighborhood bikeway improvements to King Street. This will be a concept level review of the project. When advanced in the future, this project will come back to the BPAC for preliminary plan review.
  5. Plainfield Street & Pocasset Avenue Intersection Conceptual Review – Silver Lake – Ward 15 (For Action) — The City of Providence Department of Planning and Development seeks comments from the BPAC regarding improvements to the intersection of Plainfield St and Pocasset Ave including curb extension, enhanced crosswalks, and bus stop relocation. This will be a concept level review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the BPAC for preliminary plan review.
  6. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  7. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.

Edge College Hill 2, Take II

Rendering of proposed Edge College Hill 2 by DBVW Architects

Edge College Hill 2 made a presentation to the Downtown Design Review Committee (DRC) on January 8th for a 15-story building at 131 Canal Street. They returned to DRC on February 12th with an 11-story design.

This was not a formal presentation to DRC, simply a presentation for discussion. They will likely be back to DRC at a later date with a formal proposal for this site.

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2018 Providence State of the City Address

Photo from Mayor Elorza’s Chief of Staff, Nicole Pollock’s Twitter Feed

This of course happened a few days ago, but I like to post the State of the City addresses on the site for discussion and future reference.

2018 State of the City Mayor Jorge O. Elorza As prepared for delivery

February 6, 2018

President Salvatore, Members of the City Council, Members of the General Assembly and members of the Providence community—good evening.

It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve as your Mayor. Three years ago, you voted for a city that listened and a city that worked. You voted for a better tomorrow and a safer today. But most of all, you voted for the promise of One Providence, a city with 25 distinct and different neighborhoods that come together as one community.

In the past few days, we’ve seen an extraordinary example of the strength and unity of our city and we’ve seen yet again that out of the darkness comes light. A disturbing and hate-filled flyer was distributed by folks who have been emboldened and encouraged to come out of the shadows. They think that if they can cause enough fear and anxiety, and convince us that someone is coming to take away our security and our dreams, that then, we’ll turn against each other. But instead what this incident provoked, was a resounding show of unity, where our city came together to say that we will not be divided; because our love trumps your hate.

And so it is in that spirit – of coming together – that I deliver today’s State of the City. Over the past three years, we’ve been continually reminded of the power of the people and of what we can accomplish when we’re united. Here in Providence, we’ll continue to add our voice to the chorus and lend our hand to the cause whenever someone tries to divide us. And, we will stand up for our values whenever they are threatened. As a city:

We’ve stood with Standing Rock, and we’re divesting our pension fund from the filthy fifteen; We’ve stood with Paris, and opposed an LNG facility here in our port;
We’ve stood with Dreamers, and announced our own city ID program;
We’ve stood with Black Lives Matter, and invested in cradle to career programs;
We’ve stood with the Women’s March, and instituted Paid Parental Leave; and We’ve stood with Orlando, and offered gender-affirming health care.

Cities have always been places that bring people from all and different walks of life to coexist and thrive together. This is what cities do, in spite of all the forces that are working to divide us. And that’s what our city will continue to do because that’s what makes us so strong.

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Providence Preservation Society’s 2018 Most Endangered Properties

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church image from Google Street View (even the tree outside is endangered) Since 1994, PPS has worked with concerned neighbors, preservationists, and activists to develop the annual MEP List. The list is comprised of architecturally and historically significant properties in Providence deemed in threat of deterioration, neglect, or demolition. Its […]


PBN: I-195 commission sets purchase price for Parcel 42 at $3.2M, Hope Point Tower project to move ahead

Site plan as presented in July 2017 by the Fane Organization The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission on Wednesday approved a non-binding agreement that sets the parameters for Jason Fane to purchase Parcel 42, a site near the Providence River that he wants to develop into a luxury residential tower. The project, called Hope Point Tower, […]


I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – January 31, 2018

Hope Point Tower as proposed for Parcel 42 in January 2017 I. Public Session Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Davis. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on November 15, 2017. Vote to appoint an MBE/WBE Coordinator. Executive Director’s Report. Presentation and update on District proposals and projects. II. Executive Session (Newport Room) To […]


State holds Kick-Off event for 6/10 Connector project

Gov. Raimondo at the 6/10 project kick-off event. Photo: RIDOT RIDOT hosted a kick-off event for the 6/10 Connector project this morning. Press release from RIDOT: Governor, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and Providence Officials Join RIDOT to Kick Off Long-Awaited 6-10 Interchange Project Governor Gina Raimondo today joined with U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator […]


15-story ‘Edge College Hill Two’ proposed for Canal Street site

Massing model of proposed Edge College Hill Two. The first Edge College Hill building under construciton now is rendered to the left. DBVW Architects While the 15-story Edge College Hill building is currently under construction on Canal Street, a proposal for a second 15-story building (Edge College Hill Two), will be heard by the Downtown […]


Providence Preservation Society opposes demolition of 4 buildings by Brown University

The Leonard M. Blodgett and the Edward J. Cushing Houses, photo from PPS An update to the Brown Institutional Master Plan submitted to the Providence City Plan Commission calls for the demolition of 4 historic buildings on the College Hill for the construction of a Performance Arts Center. The Providence Preservation Society opposes the demolition […]


PBN: RIDOT awards $248M 6-10 Interchange rebuild contract to 6/10 Constructors

Video animation from RIDOT The group had the lowest construction cost bid for the project at $248 million and the highest scoring technical proposal of any bid. The 6/10 Constructor bid team includes New England companies, Barletta Heavy Division Inc., O&G Industries Inc., D.W. White Construction Inc. and Aetna Bridge Co. The proposal was a […]