City Plan Commission Meeting – November 17, 2015 – RI Hospital proposal to raze South West Pavilion building

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from October 20 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3398 – 04-316 Branch Ave (Zone Change) – The petitioner is requesting that the properties at 304-316 Branch Ave and 19 Metcalf Street be rezoned from from C-1 to C-2. Continued from October 20 meeting – for action (Charles, AP 71 Lot 563 and AP 74 Lots 1, 3, 8, and 9)

Institutional Master Plan


Image from Providence Preservation Society

2. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment – Presentation of amendment to Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan – for action (Upper South Providence)

From the Masterplan Amendment:

In our 2006 and 2011 Institutional Master Plans, we identified our South West Pavilion building as having effectively outlived its useful life as part of our camp us. After extensive study, and after holdin g a neighborhood meeting to discuss it, we have conclud ed we need to raze the building. We are the refore seeking to amend our approved 2011 IMP to allow for the removal of the South West Pavilion.

The South West Pavilion was constructed in 1900 and is one of the oldest remaining portions of the hospital complex.


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5 Responses to City Plan Commission Meeting – November 17, 2015 – RI Hospital proposal to raze South West Pavilion building

  1. Mark Moreno November 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    I really hope the south West pavilion isn’t torn down. There must be some way to repurpose the building (affordable housing, maybe?)

  2. Jef Nickerson November 11, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Housing would not be a viable option as the building sits in the center of the hospital complex surrounded by other hospital buildings.

  3. Jef Nickerson November 11, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    ProJo: Rhode Island Hospital plans to raze 115-year-old Southwest Pavilion, last remaining building from original complex

    In 2010 the Southwest Pavilion was placed on the Providence Preservation Society’s 10 Most Endangered Properties list and current Preservation Society Executive Director Brent Runyon called the decision to raze the building “short-sighted.”

    “We think it is incredibly short-sighted and unfair to the community because that building is the last remaining building of the original complex,” Runyon said in a phone interview. “It had a lot of firsts and the significance within the state is high. They continue to mistreat it and cause it to deteriorate and now say it costs too much to restore.”

  4. Peter Friedrichs November 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Another fantastic example of demolition by neglect.

  5. Jef Nickerson November 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Heard from PPS via Twiitter that Southwest Pavilion was continued until December.

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