Greater City Providence

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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  • 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)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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