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WPRI: Family of pedestrians struck by hit-and-run driver in Pawtucket

walkinpvd-iconRescue crews were called to the 400 block of Weeden Street to find two adults, both 33, and two children, aged 4 and 3, who had been struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound, according to Det. Sgt. Timothy Graham. The victims said a white Dodge Caravan with Rhode Island plates hit them and knocked off the vehicle’s passenger side mirror in the process.

The victims said the driver, a Hispanic male standing about six feet tall, got out of the vehicle and picked up the mirror. One of the victims yelled at him to call 911, but he said something in Spanish in response, then got back into the van and drove off, Graham said.

What an ass!

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Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – January 22, 2018

Downtown Design Review Committee – Notice of Special Meeting
Monday, January 22, 2018 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of October 2, 2017 and November 6, 2017
  • DDRC 2018 Meeting Schedule
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.46: 131 Canal Street (parking lot) – Public Hearing and Conceptual Design Review – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Steeple Street RI, LLC requesting a development incentive in the form of a transfer of development rights, and requesting waivers from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 606, Design Standards for New Construction, for a new 15?story mixed?use building to be constructed at 131 Canal Street, Providence, RI. The transfer of development rights requested is from Section 603.G, Incentives/Transfer of Development Rights. The waivers requested are from Sections 606.A.4, Building Height and Massing/Recess line, 606.D.1, Building Height and Massing/Façade Design, 606.E.1, Façade Design/Ground Floor Transparency, and 606.E.3, Building Facades/Upper Level Transparency. The DDRC will be reviewing the building design at the conceptual design stage. At the conclusion of the hearing, the DDRC will take action with respect to the requested items. (Continued from the January 8, 2018 DDRC meeting).

Adjournment

This item was continued from the January 8th meeting and is in regards to the proposed Edge College Hill Two project.
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ProJo: Cowesett Hills developer seeks parking waiver for Warwick expansion plan

Cowesett Hills Apartments, image from Google Maps

The plan by Picerne Real Estate Group’s Cowesett Hills Apartment LLC calls for two new buildings in the northwest corner of the 67-acre property. Each of the new structures would have 12 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units. Picene also wants to build small garage buildings in the parking lot that could be rented to tenants

New city zoning rules now in effect mandate 2.5 parking spaces per unit in developments like Cowesett Hills, a complex off Post Road south of the intersection with Centerville Road.

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Picerne wants permission to have 2 spaces per unit, the rule that was in effect when the project was first designed, approved and built. Company officials have argued that the two spaces per unit standard has been adequate for the complex.

Warwick, stop what you’re doing and look at me, LOOK AT ME! Listen. A 2.5 parking space mandate for a 1-bedroom apartment is lunacy. Please, get yourself some help.

Happily, the Planning Board approved the waiver.

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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 Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti to officially begin work on the 6-10 Interchange.

The 6-10 Interchange rebuild languished for 30 years. Today’s ceremony launched the $410 million project using a design-build approach that will save money and complete the project more quickly than anticipated. During the years of indecision and inaction on this vital highway link, its network of bridges deteriorated to the point where seven of nine bridges were classified as structurally deficient. Temporary supports were installed and millions of dollars spent in a series of repair projects necessary to keep the highway safe and open.

The project commencement ceremony was held at 1 Magnolia Street in Providence directly under the 6-10 Interchange. Other attendees included state senators and representatives, city council members, Federal Highway Administration officials, members of community groups, union representatives, and representatives of 6/10 Constructors, the design-build team composed of companies with deep Rhode Island and New England roots that will deliver the new 6-10 Interchange.

The contract to rebuild the 6-10 Interchange was awarded to joint venture group 6/10 Constructors based on the high score of their technical and financial proposals. The joint venture team led by Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. includes contractors O&G Industries, Inc., D.W. White Construction, Inc. and Aetna Bridge Company. The design team in the joint venture is led by AECOM with key design sub-consultants consisting of VHB, Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Crossman Engineering and McMahon Associates. The joint venture’s proposed cost for the design-build contract is $248 million.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bike-Share coming to Providence in 2018

Image from JUMP Bikes’ Facebook Page Press release from the City of Providence: Providence to Launch JUMP Bikes, New England’s First Electric Bike Share System 400 electric-assist bikes to be available in capital city in summer 2018 Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced that the City of Providence will launch JUMP Bikes, New England’s […]

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ProJo: Long-awaited pedestrian bridge taking shape over Providence River

Photo from RIDOT’s Facebook page The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of October 2018, said Charles St. Martin, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of the $16.97-million project. […] The pedestrian bridge now being built on the piers that once carried the highway will eventually connect […]

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City Walk Community Meeting – November 28, 2017

From the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development: Please join the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development for the first community meeting and visioning session for the City Walk Project. LEARN about the project SHARE your vision & ideas DISCOVER ways to stay involved INFLUENCE the final project The project will: […]

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CommonWealth: Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask

Providence Station Adam Moss Ari Ofsevit and James Aloisi write an open letter to Gov. Raimondo in CommonWealth Magazine in response to her call for express commuter rail service between Providence and Boston. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully suggest low-cost, common-sense improvements that would benefit everyone. At our […]

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 15, 2017

Rendering of Kendall Hotel Group’s proposal for Parcel 1A along the Providence River. I. Public Session Welcoming remarks by Chairperson Davis. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission meeting held on October 16, 2017. Executive Director’s Report. Update and discussion on the proposed development by Waldorf Capital Management on Parcel 30; Vote to consider a […]

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