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Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting – February 15, 2017

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting
February 15, 2017, 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor, Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of November 2016 Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  3. Approval of December 2016 Meeting Minutes (For Action)
  4. Recommendations for improving the intersection of Canal Street and Park Row– College Hill, Downtown – Ward 12 (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation, in coordination with the City of Providence, has conducted a Road Safety Assessment (RSA) for the intersection of Canal Street and Park Row. The draft recommendations of the RSA are being presented to the Commission for initial review. This review shall serve as the Commission’s initial concept level review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the Commission for preliminary plan review.
  5. Recommendations for improving Mount Pleasant Avenue – Mount Pleasant – Ward 5 (For Action) – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation, in coordination with the City of Providence, has conducted a Road Safety Assessment (RSA) for Mount Pleasant Avenue Smith Street and Beaufort Street. The draft recommendations of the RSA are being presented to the Commission for initial review. This review shall serve as the Commission’s initial concept level review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the Commission for preliminary plan review.
  6. Discussion of city-owned signalized intersections relative to expanding automatic pedestrian recall program (For Discussion)
  7. Overview of upcoming Woonasquatucket Greenway Extension (Promenade/Kinsley) project by DPD staff – Valley, Smith Hill – Wards 12 and 15 (For Discussion) This item is for discussion only and is not intended to serve as the Commission’s formal review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the Commission for concept level review and preliminary plan review.
  8. Overview of upcoming City Walk project by DPD staff – Downtown, Fox Point, West End, Upper South Providence, Lower South Providence, Elmwood, Reservoir, Washington Park, South Elmwood – Wards 1, 8, 9, 10, and 11 (For Discussion) – This item is for discussion only and is not intended to serve as the Commission’s formal review of the project. If advanced in the future, this project will come back to the Commission for concept level review and preliminary plan review.
  9. Announcements and Staff Updates (For Discussion)
  10. Adjournment
Full disclosure: I am a member of this Commission.
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Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – February 13, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee – Notice of Special Meeting
Monday, February 13, 2017 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street
1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of 11/7/16 and 12/5/16
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.03: 395 Westminster Street (Lyman Building) – Proposal by Empire Financial Group to install new operable windows and doors, ground floor retail space, Westminster and Empire Street elevations.

2. DRC Application No. 17.04: 11 Dorrance Street (Biltmore Hotel) – Proposal by AG-FINCOV Biltmore Owner LLC to remove existing storefront and install new overhead door, Washington Street elevation. The existing compactor on Eddy Street is to be removed.

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Providence 2017 State of the City Address

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Mayor Jorge Elorza delivered his 2017 State of the City Address on February 1st. Below is the text of the address from the Mayor’s Office:


Changing The Narrative About Providence

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Council President Aponte, Members of the City Council, Members of the General Assembly and fellow residents.

It’s been two years since I took office and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the residents of this city as Mayor. I’ve had a chance to meet with residents from every corner of the city and from every walk of life. I’ve scheduled community conversations in every neighborhood and coffee hours in every ward. I’ve visited every school in the city and just about every park, field and court in Providence. I’ve visited scores of businesses and have attended as many events as can fit on a person’s schedule.

At every point, I’ve tried to interact, listen and learn from our friends and neighbors. And what I’ve learned throughout the past couple of years is what makes me more optimistic than ever about the potential we have here in Providence. I’ve learned that our residents’ commitment to Providence is second to none. The connection that we have to our individual neighborhoods is unlike anything you’ll see throughout the state. The kindness that I’ve seen towards others, convinces me that you won’t find a more compassionate group of residents anywhere else. And, the amazing work that’s done in our neighborhoods convinces me that when we’re working together, we’re capable of accomplishing anything.

Now, we’ve had challenges in the past and while it is important to understand the root of those challenges, it is far more important to find solutions. After all, we are elected and placed in these positions to move the city forward. Fellow residents, every decision that I have made has been with my eye towards 5 and 10 years into the future and I’ve focused not only on where we want to be and how to get there, but also on how we’re going to sustain it by doing it together.

Providence is a special city with no shortage of strengths that we have to build off of. But it is also fair to say, that we still have not fully unlocked the potential of our people and our institutions. You see, there are four key challenges (each decades in the making) that we must address to create the strong and sustainable future that our city deserves; and it is these four areas (Finances, Infrastructure, Schools, and City Services) that I’ve been focused on these past 2 years and that I need your continued help to address.

When I took office, we got to work to ensure that the city’s finances were healthy. And just as a doctor would treat a patient, we made sure that we stopped the bleeding first. At the end of fiscal year 15, the city faced a $13M cumulative deficit. Effectively, this is money that we owed on the city’s credit card. But with the support of the City Council, and by reforming the way we put the budget together, eliminating almost every one-time, short-term solution, renegotiating contracts, and keeping track of every cent that comes in and out, we ended the following fiscal year with the largest operating surplus in the city’s records. And, this means that we’ll be paying off the cumulative deficit three years sooner than anyone expected.

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ProJo: 6-story building, grocery store, proposed for downtown Providence parking lot

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A developer is planning to construct a six-story building on what is now a downtown parking lot with residences upstairs, a restaurant facing Fountain Street and a 5,000- to 10,000-square-foot grocery store fronting Washington Street.

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[Arnold B.] Chace said this will be the first time that he has built a new building from scratch downtown. His past projects involved the revitalization of historic buildings.

And therein lies a challenge: creating “a modern building that’s harmonious with the downtown historic fabric,” Chace said.

Full disclusure: I work for the developer, Cornish Associates.
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