Greater City Providence

City Plan Commission Meeting – February 23, 2016


The vacant former Store 24 building at 249 Thayer is proposed to be razed to allow for construction of a 4-story mixed-use building – Image from Google Streetview

[alert type=”muted”]Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903[/alert]

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from January 19 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Development Plan Review

1. DPR 2016-04 – 1081 Douglas Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing building and is requesting a design waiver from the transparency and fenestration requirements for front facades in the C-2 zone – for action (AP 78 Lots 441, 201and 189, Wanskuck)

Major Land Development Project
Public Information Meeting

2. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a four story building providing for a mix of uses including a restaurant, commercial, and residential space. An extension of the sidewalk for provision of public space is also proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 50 foot height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 61 feet – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)


[alert type=”muted”]Agenda

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    Anyone have any info on this 68-76 Dorrance apartment project? This is right next door to the Dorrance Building which is undergoing an apartment conversion right now. There is going to be a nice little pocket of downtown residents spanning The Arcade to JWU, and Providence G to the Dorrance. Is this currently under construction? Is retail planned for the ground floor?

  • It is the building on the corner of Dorrance and Weybosset with the Dunkin Donuts in it. It was Paolino’s main office until they moved it to 100 Westminster. Residential conversion of the uppers floors, I assume they would keep the existing ground floor tenants.

  • Thanks Jef.

    It’s great to see more residential conversions, it appears the old guard is finally getting the hint that they just can’t sit on their hands for eternity with their empty commercial/office space. Although, I’d never allow Paolino to be my landlord.

    They need to make the investments in their properties and get them filled so we can progress as a city (and a downtown community). I do think we are a long way from where we need to be for office to apartment conversions downtown though. There is so much empty office space that would be very attractive residential units. If we can’t be adding 1,000 residents (or hotel guest capacity) a year to downtown for the next three years, it’s going to be a disappointment. I think I counted 462 hotel rooms planned, 500 bed private dorm, the outside chance the Superman building adds 550 people, South Street Landing, Kinsley, and other miscelleanous projects make it a real possibility.

  • I counted 400-450 residential units from the list of 32 projects in 2016-2017 WPRI article from the other day.

  • Private Dorm in Jewelry District = 500 beds
    South Street Landing = 174 units
    68 Dorrance = 44 Units
    Union Trust Building (Providence G developer) = 60 units
    Chestnut St. Jewelry District = 56 units
    Wexford = 100 units
    Royal Oaks Parcel 8 = 46-48 units
    44 Hospital Street = 30 units

    Kinsley = 44 units (opened in November/December)
    Promenade New phase = 196 units (opened in August/September)

    Superman could be roughly 500-550 residents.
    Residence Inn by Marriott Fogarty Building = 170 rooms
    Le Meridian Jewelry District = 175 rooms
    Homewood Suites Triangle Parcel = 117 rooms

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