Greater City Providence

Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – May 1, 2017

[alert type=”muted”]Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2017 – 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903[/alert]

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) – Request by PRI XII LLC for a modification to the approved design of a new 9-story extended stay hotel on the site. The applicant was granted final approval at the February 16, 2016 DDRC meeting.

Rendering of 169 Canal Street by DBVW Architects

2. DRC Application No. 16.34: 169 Canal Street (parking lot) – Public Hearing – The applicant, 110 North Main, LLC is requesting a development incentive in the form of a transfer of development rights, and requesting waivers from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 606, Design Standards for New Construction, for a new 15-story mixed-use building to be constructed at 169 Canal Street. The transfer of development rights requested is from Section 603.G, Incentives/Transfer of Development Rights. The waivers requested are from Sections 606.E.1, Building Facades/Ground Floor Transparency, 606.E.3, Building Facades/Upper Level Transparency, and 606.A.4, Building Height and Massing/Recess line. At the conclusion of the hearing, DDRC will take action with respect to these items.

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  • “15-story mixed-use building to be constructed at 169 Canal Street.”

    Excellent!! Adds density and is a nice fit and complements the bank building.

  • It’s sort of amazing that the proposal with no included parking has turned out to be the tallest serious project in the pipeline. This really is an ideal residential project in many ways.
    Now that it’s a little taller, it’s a shame that the back side isn’t a little more interesting, considering that more of it will be exposed to the view from the east.
    This project makes me wish that the old “10 Park Row” project had gotten built. I feel like they would have complimented each other well while bridging the east side to the more modernist capital center.

  • This is probably the most exciting building project downtown. First and foremost, it has height — and it’s in a great location. Third, it adds more residents.

    Now, we just need like 6 or 7 more 15 story residence buildings downtown and Providence will have the off-hour foot traffic that we need!

    The Park Row parking lots behind the Citizens Bank building that are owned by Capital Properties are just so RIPE for more high-rise residential development, with the scale of the Waterplace towers. As is the parking lot on Memorial Blvd. behind Union Station. This is the area that serious developers should be looking to build up. I’m still a firm believer that you could probably add 500-1,000 residential rental units downtown tomorrow and you’d fill every single one of them.

  • Agreed KCB, those lots are primed for development. Anyone know why the Hotel construction at the triangle lot is taking so long?

  • They had that giant dirt pile there to compact the soil because it is fill (the river used to run right through that lot). I don’t think their at all off schedule (yet).

  • The triangle parcel is mostly landfill, and there’s a lot of underground work that has to be done to stabilize the land to make sure the building doesn’t sink when they build it.

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