Greater City Providence

Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – April 11, 2011

Notice of Regular Meeting • Monday, April 11, 2011 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Conference Room
400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903


Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 14, 2011

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 11.01 – 55 Canal Street (Arnold Hoffman Building, now RISD’s Illustration Studies Building)

Continued review of the proposal to construct a new 5-story addition on the east elevation of the building to house a code-compliant stairway, elevator and restrooms. (The project received conceptual approval at the DRC meeting on 1/10/11).

2. DRC Application No. 11.05: 108 Weybosset Street/88 Dorrance Street (Teste Block)

Proposal to remove an existing CMU stairwell on the north and east elevations of the building, and to construct a 2-story glass atrium in the alley space adjacent to the former Providence Gas Company Building at 100 Weybosset Street.


I was going to buy the Teste Block as soon as I won the lottery. Since I have failed to win the lottery yet, I am happy to see someone else doing something with it. I’m assuming since they are proposing a glass atrium they are going to put something in the rest of the building… One wouldn’t just put an atrium on an empty building would one?

Jef Nickerson

Jef is Greater City Providence's co-founder, editor, and publisher. He grew up on Cape Cod and lived in Boston; Portland, Maine; and New York before settling in Providence. In addition to urbanism, Jef is interested in art, design, and ice cream. Please feel free to contact Jef if you have any question or comments about Greater City Providence.

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