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Olneyville development and Atwells demolition appeal on the June 25, 2014 Zoning Board of Review agenda

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Two notable items are on the June 25, 2014 Zoning Board of Review agenda.

First, the proposed McDonald’s and Family Dollar Store in Olneyville seeks variances from Zoning:

RPS ASSOCIATES, LLC: filed an application requesting a Dimensional Variance and Special Use Permit in order to construct two (2) new commercial buildings: a 4,316 square foot quick-serve restaurant with two (2) drive-thru lanes and an 8,400 square foot retail store, along with any associated site improvements on the property located at 48, 50 & 54 Plainfield Street and 4, 6, 10 & 14 Atwood Street (bounded by Dike St.), also known as Lots 46, 47, 66, 98, 99, 100 & 101 on Tax Assessor’s Plat 105; Lots 46, 66, 99 100 & 101 being located in a General Commercial C-2 Zone and Lots 47 & 98 being located in an Industrial M-1 Zone. The applicant is requesting a Dimensional Variance for relief from Sections 305, 305.1(Footnote 10), 425.2, 425.2(A), 425.2(B), 604.3 and 607.3, which are regulations governing front yard setback, landscaping, and freestanding menu board signs. Further, a Special Use Permit is sought pursuant to Section 303(5.0)-Use Codes 57.1 and 57.2, to construct the proposed new restaurant at over 2,500 gross square feet and to permit operation of two (2) drive-thru lanes in the C-2 Zone. Together, the lots in question contain approximately 64,295 square feet of land area.


Next, the Providence Preservation Society and others are appealing the Historic District Commission’s decision to allow the demolition of the GE plant on Atwells Avenue:

APPEAL FROM THE DECISION OF THE PROVIDENCE HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION

APPELLANTS: Providence Preservation Society; Green Lot, LLC; Monohassett Mill Condominium Association; Clay Rockefeller; Eagle Square Condominium Association, Erik Bright; and Steelyard

PROPERTY OWNER: General Electric Company

SUBJECT PROPERTY: 586 Atwells Avenue, also known as Lots 282, 556, 657, 30 & 634 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 30

The Appellants are appealing the Decision of the Providence Historic District Commission issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness dated May 5, 2014, concerning the proposed demolition of the existing structure(s).

The Zoning Board of Review meets on Wednesday, June 25th at 444 Westminster Street in the First Floor Conference Room. The Olneyville item is on the 6pm agenda, the Atwells item is on the 7pm agenda.

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7 Responses to Olneyville development and Atwells demolition appeal on the June 25, 2014 Zoning Board of Review agenda

  1. James June 17, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    So the Olneyville decision is still in play? Do you think bringing up the apparent failure of the Family Dollar business model to the meeting will help?

  2. Jef Nickerson June 17, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    There’s really no way to know, I didn’t think the CPC would roll so quickly to allow this project to proceed.

  3. Sam C. June 17, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I’m planning to go to this one.

  4. Tammy Whitaker June 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Brett Smiley’s campaign chair, Myrth York, is also the chair of the Zoning Board. I understand that Brett and his husband are friendly with the McDonalds developer Steven Lewinstein. Will be interesting to see what Myrth York’s zoning board does with this project…

  5. Steve June 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    What is the plan for the site once the building is demolished?

  6. Coryndon June 18, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    You will need to turn a number of people on the council if you want the Olneyville project to stop. Soloman is a local business owner (and mayoral candidate) there so he might be close enough to have a valid abutter objection to these variances.

    Zoning rolled over for the new surface lot along North main over strong local objection. Citing the current state of zoning laws. So pester the mayoral candidates about ensuring that the new zoning will get passed cleanly with no changes to stop this nonsense.

  7. Jef Nickerson June 18, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    Steve, there is no plan for the parcel, my understanding is GE would prefer to demo the building themselves to identify and remediate any environmental issues there may be before selling the property.

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