DOWNCITY DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010 4:45 PM
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Call to Order
Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 8, 2010
1. DRC Application No. 10.03, 180 Washington Street (formerly First Bank and Trust Company Building, now vacant)
Continued review of the proposal to renovate the existing building for Coastway Community Bank. Work includes landscaping the adjacent parking areas. The project was conceptually approved at the 3/8/10 DRC meeting.
2. DRC Application No. 10.08, 180 Westminster Street (Dorrance Building)
Public Hearing The subject of the hearing will be an application by TD Bank requesting a waiver of DRC regulations for the installation of internally illuminated signage. The application also includes the proposal to replace a portion of the existing storefront on the Dorrance Street elevation.
Sounds like both of these mean new banks downtown.
Well, Coastway is moving from Green Street (which is Downtown-ish), but TD Bank will be new.
I’m not sure what TD’s plans are, but Coastway is planning a substantial renovation of the building on Washington Street.
While I understand it’s “anything that pays the taxes right now”, and a bank does that pretty reliably, it’s a little too bad there isn’t something a little more interesting going into this storefront. That corner is as idyllic as it gets, there should be vibrant businesses in every single storefront there, but instead there isn’t a single one.
I still feel as though a full scale H&M would be perfect for the Dorrance location.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Retail frontage
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A recognizable retail anchor for the Westminster Street shopping district
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Moderate and affordable prices
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Trendy clothier
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Attracts a diverse demographic
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Full scale means- Menswear, Women’s Apparel and Children’s
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Corner location viewable from most directions providing a great anchor store location
Another bank storefront is another limited source for an active urban pedestrian experience. Besides, I thought the Financial District was east of Dorrance… I suppose anything is better than nothing (or Dress Barn for that matter).
I like Andy’s idea. The problem with a bank is that they’ll likely close at 4. Having the anchor there be something that could stay open and draw people until 8 at night would be ideal. It’d be a great way to draw people there from the Kennedy Plaza area.