Greater City Providence

City Plan Commission Meeting – November 18, 2014

[alert type=”muted”]City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 – 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster Street, First Floor[/alert]

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from September 16, 2014 meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from September 30, 2014 special meeting – for action
  • Vote to elect Administrative Officer for City Plan Commission
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3385 – Amendment of Section 404 of the Zoning Ordinance The proponent is requesting that Section 404 of the Zoning Ordinance be amended to remove the requirement that solar uses in Historic Districts be reviewed by the Historic District Commission – for action

Minor Subdivision

2. Case No. 14-032 MI – 550 Veazie Street The applicant is requesting to subdivide 550 Veazie Street measuring approximately 6.5 acres into two lots, each measuring approximately 3.9 acres and 3.02 acres– for action (AP 78 Lot 417, Wanskuck)

Major Subdivision – Public Informational Meeting

3. Case No. 14-031 MA – 440-460 Rochambeau Avenue The applicant is requesting to subdivide two lots at 440 and 460 Rochambeau Ave. measuring approximately 33,453 SF and 114,873 SF respectively, into 12 lots. Each proposed lot would measure more than 6,000 SF – for action (AP 93 Lots 14 and 339, Blackstone)

Major Land Development Project – Public Informational Meeting

4. Case No. 14-028MA – 345 Harris Avenue (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking master plan approval to develop a parking lot that will provide 86 spaces. Public comment will be taken – for action (Olneyville)

Public Informational Meeting


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5. Case No. 14-038MA – 181 Corliss Street (Master Plan Approval) The applicant is seeking master plan approval to construct a four story, 124 room extended stay hotel on the former site of an abandoned Postal Service building. The lot measures approximately 2.01 acres. Public comment will be taken – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)


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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.


  • The building @ 181 Corliss St use to house the USPS Business Center and carriers for zip codes 02908 & 02911, and employees handling address forwarding mail. This lot would be an ideal location for an office building, particularly medical. Several doors down there is the Providence Dialysis Centers @ 125 Corliss St. All of the Providence District administration offices were closed and moved to Hartford in 2011 which included RI and Bristol and Plymouth County MA. Plymouth County now comes under the Boston District and Bristol under Hartford. I forgot who Cape Cod reports to. The building @ 1 Corliss St use to have carriers for 02903 & 02904 working there. The building has been sold and is now a medical marijuana dispensary. I believe most workers may be at the building @ 55 Corliss St which is directly across the St from the main lobby @ 24 Corliss St.

  • How ’bout the large empty parking lot between 181 Corliss St and Stop & Shop. It was formally the area for drivers training, particularly large vehicles.

  • I wouldn’t count too much on postal dignitaries utilizing this proposed extended stay hotel with a Marriott Hotel just a few blocks away. And as I have said in another post, there are no administrative offices left in Providence. but I wonder what ever happened to the hotel proposal for Charles St near Home Depot and Walmart.

  • Clearly, the medical maryjane dispensory is the root cause for this hotel.

    Kidding aside, I’m a bit perplexed as to why or how sell a hotel will do hear.

    I suppose time will tell.

  • It’s an 8 minute walk to North Main Street.. If it wasn’t a soul-crushing 8 minutes of speeding cars, a desolate overpass and a roaring interstate, I could actually see someone staying there and utilizing the R-Line to save some money over staying downtown.. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

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