Greater City Providence

Atwells at Knight – Proposed Mixed-Use Building on Federal Hill


Rendering of Atwells at Knight by Northeast Collaborative Architects

At their November 15th meeting, the City Plan Commission will be reviewing a proposal to construct a 5-story building with ground floor commercial with apartments on the upper-floors at 434 Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill. The proposed project contains 40 parking spaces partially enclosed and partially in an open surface lot.

The CPC’s agenda item:

The applicant is requesting master plan approval to construct a mixed use development in the C-1 zone that will provide forty residential units, forty internal parking spaces and retail space on the ground floor. A height of 50 feet and five stories is proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 45 feet, 4 story height limit of the zone and an adjustment for two parking spaces – for action (AP 28 Lot 150 – 9,993 SF, AP 33 Lot 508 – 10,353 SF, Federal Hill)

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Some may remember that this site was cleared in 2005 for a proposed 10-story, 145′ condo tower that was never built.


Rendering of building proposed for this site back in 2005

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.


  • Would love to see some streetscape renderings where you can see the elevation as you walk down Atwells towards the building. Will it be visible the entire length of Atwells?

    How many total units? 50?

    I love that there will be development towards Harris, the Capitol Records building project will help bring foot traffic to this end of Atwells too.

    Keep bringing us more density! 🙂

  • Well that’s much more like it, can we agree on that? Sam reminds us of what they wanted here! Now we’re facing a new 2016 Belmonte La 195.

  • This rendering looks like a screenshot from SimCity 2000. I’m happy to rid the city of another vacant lot, but I hope this isn’t anywhere close to the final design.

  • hah Eric, I had that same thought about the 2005 shot. Personally I think the new design is incredibly ugly but maybe that means they’ll be focusing on affordable apartments rather than luxury units. If so then I’m all for it, definitely wish they would change the design a bit though.

  • Semi-enclosed parking? Will be a catch area for folks you do not want to run into going or coming from your car. Safety is critical in this area.

  • The City Plan Commission granted the project at 434 Atwells Ave. master-plan approval on Nov. 15. Cathedral Development Group, the Providence developer of the project, will go back before the commission Jan. 17 with detailed engineering plans that will include stormwater-management systems, signage and utilities hookups as it seeks final approval.


    At the Nov. 15 meeting, the City Plan Commission approved a dimensional adjustment that allows the building to exceed by 5 feet the 45-foot height limit for buildings in the area. The decision came at the recommendation of staff in the city’s Department of Planning and Development, which determined the project to be consistent with Providence’s Comprehensive Plan and suitable for the mixed-use zone in which it’s located.

  • To KCB – at only 5 stories, it will not be visible past Atwells and Sutton.

    To Fernando – not sure what the land sale means in relation to the building….??

  • I think “the building” is just a plan to get approval from the City.
    The land would sell for a higher price or more quickly with a preliminary approval.
    At least that’s part of the pitch in the ad.

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