Post Road Residential was scheduled to present plans for a 160-unit mixed-use residential building on Parcel 5 in the 195 District. The meeting has been postponed.
Parcel 5 is bounded by Wickenden, South Main, South Water, and Dollar Streets on the east side of the Providence River. The proposal calls a 5-story c-shaped building with 160 apartments and 6,490 square feet of commerical space. The building features 160 parking spaces in the interior of the ground level with entry to the garage via Dollar Street.
The presentation posted by the 195 Commission does not show any renderings, so materials and what the building actually looks like is still a mystery.
What is shown feels very Avalon at Center Place, not a great urbanist feeling. The lack of retail could be concerning, but brick and motar retail is getting difficult. The Wickenden face is commercial and the corners at Dollar Street are as well. I’m assuming the mass along South Main and South Water Streets is townhouses opening to the street, something we don’t have a lot of in Providence. It is something that you see everywhere in Boston though, and it can be good urbanism.
Without seeing proposed materials and renderings, this one is hard to judge.