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Air Quality Alert – Free RIPTA – August 27, 2014

From RIPTA:


All regular RIPTA buses and trolleys, but excluding special services, will be free on Wednesday, August 27th , 2014.

canvas-featured-air-quality-alertThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in portions of Rhode Island during the afternoon on Wednesday. A very hot and very humid air mass with west to southwest winds will be present at that time, which will lead to unhealthy air conditions. The poor air quality will be due to elevated ground level ozone concentrations. Ozone is a major component of smog and is formed by the photochemical reaction of pollutants emitted by motor vehicles, industry and other sources in the presence of elevated temperatures and sunlight.

Rhode Island residents can help reduce air pollutant emissions. Limit car travel and the use of small engines, lawn motors and charcoal lighter fuels. Travel by bus or carpool whenever possible, particularly during high ozone periods.

The Department of Health warns that unhealthy levels of ozone can cause throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to respiratory infection and aggravation of asthma and other respiratory ailments. These symptoms are worsened by exercise and heavy activity. The children, elderly and people who have underlying lung diseases, such as asthma, are at particular risk of suffering from these effects. As ozone levels increase, the number of people affected and the severity of the health effects also increase.

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→ PBN: Third I-195 land proposal moves forward; for East Side land

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The proposal, from Baccari’s Royal Oaks Realty LLC, includes apartments, offices and a ground floor “retail/food operation” on Parcel 8, which stretches between Pike Street and Tockwotton Street in Fox Point, he said in an email.

195 Commission Page on Parcel 8.
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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – August 20, 2014

featured-bikeped Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
August 20, 2014, 4:30 PM
444 Westminster Street, First Floor
  • 4:35 – Katie Goodrum, Congress for the New Urbanism – CNU and impacts on bike/ped in Providence
  • 4:55 – Sidewalk access during construction – Continued discussion
  • 5:10 – Road and sidewalk conditions in the Wickenden/South Main area – RIDOT communication
  • 5:20 – Butler Ave. at Waterman and S. Angell signal timing
  • 5:25 – Roadwork Report, Nate Urso, Providence DPW
  • 5:40 – James Kennedy, Providence (Park)ing Day
  • 5:55 – Safe States Pedestrian Injury Prevention Program – Providence proposal update (staff)
  • 6:00 – Adjourn

Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meetings – August 18, 19, & 20, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014, beginning at 5:00pm, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on July 21, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period August – December 2014.
  4. Update Regarding the Request by Mr. Stephen Beranbaum for Use of a Portion of Parcel 28 for Parking and Vote.
  5. Update from Counsel Regarding District Permitting Process; Discussion Regarding Creation of Legal Issues Subcommittee; Vote Regarding Creation of Legal Issues Subcommittee and Designation of Members.
  6. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 4264665(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  7. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property; Vote to Proceed with/Reject Proposals.
  8. III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for September 15, 2014 Meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – August 19, 2014

City Plan Commission Meeting Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – 4:45pm 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from June 29th meeting – for action Director’s Report City Council Referral Adrian Hall Way – Image from Google Street View 1. Referral 3381 – Petition to abandon Adrian Hall […]

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Better than nothing is not good enough

New CVS in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood will feature two-levels of apartments and underground parking. – Rendering by Schemata Workshop I’ve been hearing the same refrain lately when it comes to less than stellar development proposals in Providence, ‘it may not be great, but it is better than what is there now.’ The McDonald’s and Family […]

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→ WPRO: Former Rhode Island Mall to become factory outlets

Interior concept rendering from Winstanley Enterprises The developers of the former Rhode Island Mall are hoping to open “The Outlets at Rhode Island Mall” late next year. Winstanley Enterprises of Mass. and Surrey Equities of New York bought the mall back in 2012 and had previously planned to turn the vacant shopping center into several […]

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→ ProJo: R.I. convention authority to fund parking garage construction behind Garrahy courthouse

The R.I. Convention Center Authority said Tuesday it will put up the $43 million needed to build a parking garage adjacent to the Garrahy Judicial Complex on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence. “The transformation of the current surface parking lot represents a unique opportunity to addres current parking capacity deficiencies and provide a mechanism to […]

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383 West Fountain Street Renovations

Way, way, way back in 2005 in the UrbanPlanet days, Armory Revival had plans for a new building at this site. As with many things in the middle of the last decade, that didn’t happen. Fast forward to today though and Armory Revival is doing a nice renovation of the block. From their website: This […]

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Providence to Create New Historic Landmarks District

Broad Street Synagogue from the Providence Preservation Society’s 2014 Ten Most Endangered Properties list. Photo by Jesse Burke for PPS. As part of the Re: Zoning process, the City of Providence has designated a new historic landmarks district. Also, the City will remove buildings which have been demolished form the Industrial and Commercial Buildings District; […]

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Rescheduled Broadway Cyclovía – August 17, 2014

Join Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence on Sunday, August 17 for a car-free event that will open up Broadway for walking, skating, running, cycling and exercise. Free and open to the public! Featuring Zumba, bike activities, street vendors and more! The event will take place on Broadway from Dean St. to Courtland […]

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City Plan Commission Meeting – July 29, 2014

City Plan Commission Meeting Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – 4:45pm 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from June 17th meeting – for action Approval of minutes from July 15th – for action Director’s Report City Council Referral 1. Referral No. 3379 – Petition to abandon a […]

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→ PBN: I-195 commission hears two more pitches, ‘moving ahead’ on 2 others

The Interstate 195 Redevelopment Commission Monday heard presentations from two developers with plans for the east side of the former highway land. Royal Oaks LLC, a group led by Richard Baccari II, vice president of Providence-based Churchill & Banks, is pitching a project south of Wickenden Street, adjacent to existing Churchill & Banks properties in […]

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Election 2014: Mayoral Candidates Surveys

Back in 2010 we did Mayoral Candidate Surveys (Angel Taveras, John Lombardi); with 50 days left until the Primary, it is time for us to do it again. As in 2010, this year we are seeking your input on those surveys. We will be sending surveys to the candidates for Providence Mayor by the end […]

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