Greater City Providence

Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 12, 2017

[alert type=”muted”]Downtown Design Review Committee – Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, June 12, 2017 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903[/alert]


Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of March 13, 2017, April 10, 2017, May 1, 2017 (Special Meeting), and May 8, 2017

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.30: 91 Chestnut Street (I-195 Redevelopment District Parcel 30) – Request by Waldorf Capital Management, LLC for modifications to the approved design of a new 6-story mixed-use apartment building to be constructed on the site. The applicant was granted final approval at the December 5, 2016 DDRC meeting.

2. DRC Application No. 17.08: 150 Empire Street (Providence Public Library) – Proposal by the Providence Public Library to conduct exterior alterations to the Empire Street building.

[alert type=”muted”]See also: Greater City Providence – Providence Public Library Planning Renovations[/alert]

3. DRC Application No. 17.12: 350 Eddy Street (South Street Landing) – Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by the CV Properties LLC, requesting a waiver from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 1607(E), Freestanding Signs, which prohibits freestanding signs in the D-1 Zone. As per Section 1601(D), the DDRC is authorized to grant a waiver to sign regulations as part of their review and approval. Continued from the April 10, 2017 DRC meeting. The applicant is also requesting a waiver from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 604(C)(4), Fences and Walls, which limits the height of fences to six (6) feet in height. As per Section 604(C)(4) the DDRC is authorized to grant a waiver to the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance relating to fences and walls. The applicant is proposing to install an approximately nine (9) foot high fence, and an approximately 30’ tall, double-faced, internally illuminated freestanding sign at 350 Eddy Street. The DRC will be reviewing the sign and fence design at this meeting.

4. DRC Application No. 17.24: 276 and 290 Westminster Street (Wit and Lapham Buildings) – Proposal by Cornish Associates to conduct exterior alterations to the Wit and Lapham Buildings, as part of their conversion to mixed-use buildings.

5. DRC Application No. 17.25: 270 Westminster (Trayne Building) – Proposal by Cornish Associates to conduct exterior alterations to the Trayne Building, and to construct a new 4?story addition on the east elevation, as part of its conversion to a mixed-use building,

6. DRC Application No. 17.28: 132 Washington Street (Siegal Building) – Proposal by 150 Washington Street LLC to replace windows on the upper floors, install new ground floor storefront windows and entrances, and install a new ADA ramp.

7. DRC Application No. 17.29: 292 Westminster Street (Tilden-Thurber Building) – Proposal by Alexandra Georgiou to conduct exterior alterations to the ground floor storefronts on the Westminster and Mathewson Street elevations.


[alert type=”muted”]Agenda [/alert] [alert type=”warning”]Full Disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates which is the applicant for items 4 and 5.[/alert]

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.


  • Regarding #5, that four story addition would be on the park?

  • As much as I love Movies on the Block, I love non-vacant downtown lots better.

  • Does #6 mean they are converting the first floor to retail storefronts? Because that would be EPIC for Washington Street.

  • I’m not sure if they are looking to attract commercial tenants or will just have their existing tenants behind new storefront. A facelift on that building will be EPIC for Washington Street.