City Plan Commission Meeting (01/19)

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010 4:45 PM

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


Call to Order
Roll Call
Approval of Meeting Minutes: December 1st and 15th, 2009
Approval of the CPC meeting schedule for the 2010 calendar year
Designation of Recording Secretary


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1. Referral 3321 – Petition to abandon a portion of Penrose Avenue
Petition to abandon the unimproved portion of Penrose Avenue. (Blackstone)


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2. Case No. 09-050MA – 395 Promenade Street (Master Plan Approval)
The applicant is seeking Master Plan Approval to reuse approximately 2,600 SF of the southwest portion of an existing 2 story building and construct a new 23,000 SF one story laboratory building. The building will be used as a blood bank. Onsite parking will be provided. The property abuts Promenade and Bath Streets. (AP 67 Lots 341, 522 and 523) (Smith Hill)

The applicant has requested that this item be continued to the February 23, 2010 meeting.


3. College Hill, Wayland & Fox Point Neighborhood Plan
Continuation of the discussion between Commission members and staff regarding the development potential of the “Shooters” site based on the approved neighborhood plan. The discussion will also address the legal issues surrounding downzoning the site. No additional public comment will be taken.

4. Neighborhood Plan Presentations
Presentation of the West End/Federal Hill/ Reservoir, Charles/Wanskuck and Hartford/Manton/Silver Lake neighborhood plans by DPD staff. The plans will be reviewed by the Commission and public comment will be taken. The Commission may choose to act to adopt one or more of the neighborhood plans presented.



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  1. Though it appears no more public comment will be taken on the issue of the “Shooters” Parcel plan for development. However, I’ve been brainstorming something to the effect of Japan’s Yokohama Ferris Wheel ( or The London Eye ( as an awesome public use for this space and would definitely set Providence apart from other New England cities.

    Something the likes of the London Eye or Yokohama in Providence would also be a cool tribute to the days of amusement parks in Rhode Island and allow for the public to engage with the bay in a way, literally, unseen in decades in the Ocean State.

    Besides, it would just be darn cool!

    All a glow at night. Views of the city and of the bay. A unique way of cashing in, bringing in needed funds. A regional and worldly attraction. Creating public access to the park and harbor. Etc. etc. etc.

    A truly different way of looking at Providence!

    A boy can dream, can’t he?

  2. ^ Edited your post to embed your image, it is hot! People should still click the link to see it embiggened.

  3. I like the ferris wheel ! The view out to the harbor would be outstanding. It is the vertical equivalent of the carousel in Roger Williams Park.

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