These renderings are what it would look like if an episode of Star Trek was ...
“Our tax credits have made the preservation of our older buildings not only a matter ...
Do you remember that in 2014 Rhode Islanders approved a vaguely worded $35 million bus ...
Image from Social Bicycles’ blog City Councilman Bryan Principe, who represents Ward 13, will introduce ...
Mayor Elorza speaking at ribbon-cutting of Fountain Street bike lane in November 2016 Last week ...
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 non-profit TransitMatters, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to improve intercity rail in Massachusetts (we will be rolling out a regional rail white paper before the end of the year). We believe that better service is a combination of improved speed and frequency, providing a wider range of benefits in many corridors. The good news is that in the Boston-to-Providence corridor, there are two relatively low-cost steps — high-level platforms and electrification — that the MBTA can take (perhaps with Rhode Island’s help) that would significantly improve service between these two dynamic cities.
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 reduction in the purchase price for Parcel 30.*
- Commission discussion on the possible use of park parcels for ancillary uses such as a visitor’s center and sculpture garden.
- Discussion of proposed 2018 Commission meeting schedule.
- Vote to ratify the approval of a Level 1 application as submitted by the Kendall Hotel Group for the proposed hotel development on Parcel 1A.*
- Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
- Vote to Adjourn.
*To the extent then complete, proposed resolutions under agenda items 4 and 7 will be posted on the Commission’s website www.195district.com at 12pm on November 15th.
These renderings are what it would look like if an episode of Star Trek was set in Providence.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
- Call to Order
- Roll Call
- Approval of minutes from the October 17 2017 regular meeting – for action
- Director’s Report
City Council Referral
1. Referral 3419 – Rezoning of 234 Bowen Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 234 Bowen Street from R-1 to I-2 – for action (AP 10 Lot 546, College Hill)
2. Referral 3420 – Rezoning of 1075 Smith Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 1075 Smith Street from R-1 to C-1 – for action (AP 122 Lot 1, Elmhurst)
3. Referral 3421 – Rezoning of 37-41 South Angell Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 37-41 South Angell Street from R-3 to C-2 – for action (AP 15 Lot 327, Wayland)
Agenda Roll Call Approval of October 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) “Dean Street/Pleasant Valley Parkway/Oakland Street Corridor Discussion” – Federal Hill, Smith Hill, Valley, Elmhurst – Wards 12 and 13 (For Discussion) — The City seeks comments from the BPAC regarding possible bicycle and pedestrian improvements to the corridor between Atwells Avenue and Eaton Street […]
Agenda Roll Call Parcel 13: Providence Place Mall – Proposal to replace an existing storefront on the Francis Street elevation with a new storefront, and to install a new sign for ‘CycleBar’. Request from Providence Foundation for Financial Support Updates These items are for discussion only. No action will be taken. Skyline at Waterplace Park […]
Former “Shooters” Building in 2010 Seven years after Rhode Island voters approved buying the former Shooters nightclub site on the Providence waterfront to turn it into a recreational destination, plans to redevelop the vacant lot may finally be inching forward. The state Department of Environmental Management wants to build a fishing pier, transient boating marina […]
“Our tax credits have made the preservation of our older buildings not only a matter of respect for beauty and history, but of economic good sense.” –President Ronald Reagan in 1984 Press Release from National Trust for Historic Preservation: Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed tax reform bill that eliminates the […]
Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of June 12th, July 10th, August 7th, September 11th and October 2, 2017 Old Business 1. DRC Application No. 17.40: Washington Place (Providence Washington Insurance Company Building) – Proposal by the Rhode Island School of Design to construct a new one-story addition on the Steeple Street […]
Do you remember that in 2014 Rhode Islanders approved a vaguely worded $35 million bus hub transit bond? However, at this point, with that much money at stake, I think our state should re-examine the need for the proposed Providence train station area bus hub. A news report indicated no Boston area developers were interested […]
I. Public Session Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Azrack. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on September 26, 2017. Executive Director’s Report. Presentation by Building Bridges and the Avenue Concept for a proposed sculpture garden on Parcel 1A. Presentation by Bob Burke regarding the proposed Freedom Trail Visitor Center on Parcel 1A. Presentation […]
Press release from Providence Preservation Society: Providence Symposium Examines Historic Preservation and Urban Displacement PPS Presents Free Programs with Local and National Experts on October 18 and 21 The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) presents the 2017 Providence Symposium, Sites and Stories: Mapping a Preservation Ecosystem, October 18 and 21 in Fox Point. The program examines […]
Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from August 15, 2017, regular meeting – for action Director’s Report Public Hearing 1. Huntington Ave / Salvati Way Green Infrastructure Grant – The Department of Planning and Development will present their application for a state grant to install green infrastructure along the Huntington Ave […]
One of the fundamental insights of the Strong Towns movement is that in the 20th century we built vastly more public infrastructure than our tax base can support long-term maintenance on. Too much of our shiny and new development is actually low value per acre and for the amount of public investment required to support […]
Agenda Roll Call Approval of September 2017 Meeting Minutes (For Action) Canal Street Improvements – College Hill, Downtown – Ward 12 (For Action) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has presented plans to the City for improvements to Canal Street between Smith Street and Washington Street. These plans resulted from the Canal Street Road […]
Cyclists riding on a cycletrack in Downtown Seattle. Photo Seattle Department of Transportation Fewer than five months ago, Seattle shut down its struggling municipal bikeshare system that had been propped up with taxpayer dollars. But in the last month, three innovative bikeshare companies have launched in the city, quickly eclipsing the past failure. There are […]
Image from Social Bicycles’ blog City Councilman Bryan Principe, who represents Ward 13, will introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting that would authorize the Elorza administration to enter into a five-year $400,000 contract with Social Bicycles, a well-known company that will oversee the “implementation, management, and operation” of the bike-share service. […] The bikes […]