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City Plan Commission Meeting (11/17)

Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

OPENING SESSION

Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes: October 20, 2009

CITY COUNCIL REFERRAL


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1. Referral 3320 – Petition to abandon a portion of Walnut Street
Petition to abandon Walnut Street between Westminster and Washington Streets. (Downcity)

LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT


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2. Case No. 08-044MA – 369 Prairie Avenue (Preliminary Plan Approval)
Request for Preliminary Plan stage approval for the redevelopment of the former Federated Lithograph site on Prairie Avenue. The applicant is proposing to demolish some of the existing buildings on site, renovate the existing building at the easterly end of the property and construct an addition for use as a health center. The existing vacant building in the western portion of the lot is intended for office space. A new retail building at the northern end of the lot is also proposed. The site is bounded by Potters Avenue, Gordon Avenue, Saratoga Street and Prairie Avenue. (AP 48, Lots 578, 959, 975, 976, 987, 988, 989, 1005). (Lower South Providence)


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3. Case No. 09-037MA – 1261 North Main Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is proposing to construct a new mixed-use building on a currently vacant lot. Ground floor retail space, 7 housing units and 12 onsite parking spaces are being proposed for the 4 story building. The applicant is requesting dimensional adjustments to increase the number of building stories over what is permitted in the C-4 zone and reduce the number of parking spaces required. (AP 91 Lot 648) (Hope).

REDEVELOPMENT PLANS

4. City Council Referral:
An ordinance to adopt the City of Providence Promenade Center Redevelopment Project Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan This ordinance would amend the redevelopment plan for portions of Valley and Smith Hill neighborhoods to reflect changes including proposed future land use, illustration of the acquisition and development of certain land parcels and changes to the roadway system within the redevelopment area. No change is proposed for the Tax Increment Financing portion of the plan.City Plan Commission Agenda for October 20, 2009 2

5. City Council Referral:
An ordinance to adopt the Allens Avenue and Port Redevelopment Plan This ordinance would adopt a redevelopment that would designate a redevelopment area around Allens Avenue and the Port of Providence and establish objectives and procedures for its redevelopment.

ADJOURNMENT

Agenda

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3 Responses to City Plan Commission Meeting (11/17)

  1. Peter Brassard November 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    1. Referral 3320 – Petition to abandon a portion of Walnut Street
    Petition to abandon Walnut Street between Westminster and Washington Streets. (Downcity)

    Why does the city continue to allow abandonment or de-mapping of city streets to private interests? Is it to provide private parking spots for company heads? It isn’t as if Walnut Street is next to a stock exchange or Federal Reserve Bank that might warrant abandonment due to security concerns. Eddy, Fountain, and Westminster are the most prominent but not the only examples of street abandonment in the city. Does anyone know the reason for this application?

  2. T November 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    3. Case No. 09-037MA – 1261 North Main Street (Master Plan Approval)

    Yes!

  3. T November 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    3. Case No. 09-037MA – 1261 North Main Street (Master Plan Approval)

    I wonder if the developer is requesting to reduce the number of parking spaces in anticipation of on-street parking… Either way, hopefully it’s in the rear.

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