Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – February 13, 2012

Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, February 13, 2012 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of November 14, 2011 and December 12, 2011
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

Biltmore Garage, formerly the New Parkade.

1. DRC Application No. 12.3: 51 Washington Street (The Biltmore Garage)
Proposal to create five new ground floor commercial spaces on the Washington Street elevation of the parking garage. The project includes the installation of new storefronts, signage and continuouscanopy.


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15 Responses to Downcity Design Review Committee Meeting – February 13, 2012

  1. Jason February 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

    (and I’ll support it further when Nice Slice is announced for the space– seriously people, make this happen)

  2. Anthony February 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Awesome. Now who owns the surface parking lot that lies NEXT to the “Biltmore Garage”?

  3. Jef Nickerson February 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I think the ProJo owns that lot.

  4. Eric February 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    The ProJo owns that lot. I bet they’d love to sell it, though.

  5. BicycleFace February 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Last summer, my friend owns a food truck was approached by the owners of the building. They were talking about having small kitchens specifically for food truck owners, so that they have a place for prep while also having small store fronts. I’m not sure if this is still the plan; regardless, I’m psyched to see it being developed.

  6. Bruce February 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    This is going way back…was there a restaurant on the ground level of that garage at some point in the past? I seem to remember a restaurant built into a parking garage when I first arrived in Providence in the mid-80s.

  7. Andy February 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Isn’t it Buff Chace who owns the B.more garage? He and the Providence Revolving Fund should seriously just by up the city – they’re doing a better job at creating jobs and complete neighborhoods then any polity maker.

  8. Andy February 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm #


  9. Tony P February 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    I think the Buttery was located on the corner of the garage. That is the only thing I remember in that time period.

  10. Lewis Dana February 9, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Big thumbs up.

    Little rays of hope for livening up the downtown streetscape: first it’s two floors of tiny flats at the Arcade… now a street front of mini-shops to replace the grilles that defend us from the noses of parked cars — or maybe defend the cars from us).

    What next? 27 floors are looking for great little — or big –ideas on Westminster St.

  11. Bret Ancowitz February 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Great news indeed.

    The Washington St streetscape is looking great. The only real blight right now is the Arnold (narrow) Building. I know some items came up late last year to restore that property’s storefronts. Does anyone know what came out of that and what (if any) progress is planned?

  12. bhooley February 10, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Whenever I’m downtown, I walk by the Narrow building to see if any progress is being made. I want to say there looked to be an updated permit or two so maybe that’s a good sign. Great news for Washington st with the Biltmore garage.

  13. Jef Nickerson February 10, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I believe there was recently some interior demolition (preparing for renovation) at the Narrow Building, but I don’t know the current schedule for that building.

  14. Jef Nickerson April 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    The Biltmore Garage gets a website.

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