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ProJo: Plans for six story apartment building by Providence train station move forward

Rendering of ‘The Commons at Providence Station’ as it was proposed in 2014

Plans are proceeding for a multi-story apartment building by Canal Street downtown that would be built on land by Providence Station and across from the Roger Williams National Memorial, according to documents filed with the city’s planning department.

The developer, Capital Cove Development LLC, has applied to the Building Board of Review Review for a variance to allow construction. The application describes the planned structure as six stories high, with the first two floors used as parking, with 169 spaces.

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New Coalition Advocating for Cost-Effective Rte. 6-10 Redesign

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6/10 interchange in the late 1950s. Image from RIDOT.

Press Release from Fix the 6-10


Fix the 6-10 believes that it is urgent for Rhode Island to replace the 1950’s-style 6-10 Connector with infrastructure more appropriate for a 21st-century city, balancing the needs of people driving with creating economic opportunities, connecting neighborhoods, and improving our state’s fiscal health.

In response to recent efforts by the City and State to repair the failing 6-10 Connector, a new grassroots coalition, Fix the 6-10, has formed to advocate for a cost-effective, sustainable, equitable, and innovative replacement.

The Route 6-10 Connector is broken. Every day, thousands of people drive over structurally deficient bridges held up by wooden braces. Congestion plagues the off-ramps. It separates neighbors and blocks economic opportunity. It’s time to Fix the 6-10.

Recent estimates by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) have placed the cost of an expensive, heavily engineered hybrid tunnel-highway at nearly $595 million dollars, not counting a bus rapid transit line with stations, making it one of the most expensive highway interchanges in the world.

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6/10 Connector Public Workshop – August 30, 2016

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From the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development:


My vision for the 6-10 Connector is…

Please join us on Tuesday, August 30th for a Public Workshop to discuss your ideas for the 6-10 Connector.

The City of Providence is launching a public process to bring community members and decision-makers together to craft a design proposal for the 6-10 Connector, a portion of state highway that runs through numerous Providence neighborhoods including Olneyville, West End, Federal Hill, Silver Lake, Hartford, Valley, and Smith Hill.

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What if humans evolved to survive car crashes?

Humans are smart, but we’re also squishy, vulnerable, and prone to putting ourselves in heavy, explosion-powered machines that roll along the ground in excess of 70 miles per hour. In 2014, there were 32,674 car accident-related fatalities in the US alone. So what would happen if humans evolved specifically to survive an auto crash?

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – August 15, 2016

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016, beginning at 3:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

195-roundI. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on June 20, 2016.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Report on status of District’s financial audit by Lisa Lasky, RI Commerce Corporation Chief Financial Officer.
  5. Discussion and Vote regarding proposed allocation of funds to pedestrian bridge construction budget.
  6. Presentation and discussion regarding District land use planning.
  7. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under (i) subsection (5) (disposition of public property).

  8. Review of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  9. III. Public Session

  10. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on September 19, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.
  11. Vote to Adjourn.
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ProJo: Pedestrian bridge moving forward in Providence

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The fate of a long-delayed pedestrian bridge across the Providence River is back on track, after a flurry in recent weeks of negotiations, meetings and budget deliberations.

The Department of Transportation expects to award a bid in October so the bridge can be completed by November 2018, spokeswoman Lisbeth Pettengill told The Providence Journal.

The DOT and the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission are pledging to spend about $6 million more than the DOT’s earlier estimate to build the bridge.

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CityLab: For a Better Economy, Add Commuter Rail?

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Dozens of Amtrak and commuter trains pass through the two forlorn Rhode Island mill cities of Central Falls and Pawtucket, every day without stopping.

In more prosperous times, both had direct rail service to Boston and New York. But, in 1959, the historic Beaux-Arts station on the border between the two cities closed and train service ended for good 22 years later. Now, local leaders are betting that building a new train station will help both cities latch onto economic forces that have left residents struggling with poverty, unemployment and even a municipal bankruptcy.

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A report on the state’s economy from the Brookings Institution, championed by Raimondo and released in January 2016, urged the state to focus on its competitive advantages, including its historic urban centers. It prioritized a new Pawtucket-Central Falls station to both improve access to Boston-area jobs and spur development in the heart of the two mill cities.

See also: The Providence Journal: Editorial: A catalyst for economic growth
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City Plan Commission Meeting – August 16, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the July 19, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3406 – Petition to abandon Tanyard Lane – The petitioner, One Neighborhood Builders, is requesting to abandon Tanyard Lane for its’ inclusion within a development proposed by the applicant. The applicant owns the lots surrounding the street – for action (Manton)

2. Referral 3407 – Rezoning of 10 Swift Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 10 Swift Street from R-2 to C-3 – for action (AP 77 Lot 301, Charles)

Institutional Master Plan

3. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Institutional Master Plan (IMP) amendment – RISD is proposing to amend their IMP to reflect expansion of the sculpture and glass programs. The amendment also includes updates on campus development since the last IMP amendment – for action

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

4. Case No. 16-039 MA – 550 Veazie Street – The applicant is proposing to construct a single story building providing approximately 20,000 SF of space to be used as a self-storage facility. The building will be adjacent to an existing self-storage facility. The applicant is requesting to combine master and preliminary plan stages of review – for action (AP 78 Lot 450, Wanskuck)

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – August 15, 2016

Downtown Design Review Committee
Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, August 15, 2016 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room
Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of July 11, 2016

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.21: 201 Washington Street (Trinity Repertory Company) – Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Trinity Repertory Company, requesting a waiver from Zoning Ordinance Section 1607(K), Wall Signs, which limits the square footage of wall signs in the D?1 Zone. The applicant is proposing to install a painted wall sign on the north elevation of the building, which exceeds the maximum size allowed.

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225 Weybosset Street. Image from Google Streetview

2. DRC Application No. 16.24: 225 Weybosset Street (Commercial Building) – Proposal by HM Ventures 8 LLC, to replace existing storefronts and doors, and to remove existing fire escapes.

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PBN: Long-sought Pawtucket-Central Falls commuter rail station gets $13.1M boost

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Location of proposed Pawtucket-Central Falls train station. Image from Bing Maps

A long-discussed plan to expand passenger rail service to Pawtucket and Central Falls got a boost on Wednesday from a $13.1 million federal TIGER grant which will help build a new commuter rail station here, something the mayor of Pawtucket called a “game changer.”

The station, expected to cost $40 million, will be located between Dexter and Conant streets. It is within and adjacent to the Amtrak-owned railroad right-of-way between the Conant Street bridge and Dexter Street bridge, in the northwest corner of the city of Pawtucket, near its border with Central Falls.


The Pawtucket Foundation is hosting a public forum about the proposed station, Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:30am at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center. Details on Facebook.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – July 19, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 • 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building
1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the June 21, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

1. Proposed Expansion of College Hill Historic District – The Providence Preservation Society will introduce a petition to expand the College Hill Historic District to include an area bounded by Power, Hope, Governor and Angell Streets. The CPC is requested to form a subcommittee to investigate and oversee the process – for action

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3405 – Rezoning of 150-152 Carolina Avenue – The applicant is proposing to rezone two lots at 150-152 Carolina Avenue from M-1 to R-2 – for action (AP 101 Lots 280 and 281, Washington Park)

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WPRI: Charges upgraded in DUI crash that injured officer

walkinpvd-iconA Warwick man accused of driving drunk and hitting a city police officer with his vehicle is facing new charges.

The officer was conducting traffic on Warwick Avenue due to a power outage Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle making a left turn from Sandy Lane, according to police.

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On Tuesday, Warwick police announced the charges had been amended due to the seriousness of the injuries suffered by the officer.

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WPRI: Driver in fatal Exeter crash turns himself in

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Christian Costigan was killed by a hit & run driver on July 8th. Photo from CCRI via WPRI

walkinpvd-iconRhode Island State Police arrested Jeremy Filippo of Voluntown at 3 p.m. Sunday at their Hope Valley barracks. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting, and was released on bail after being arraigned before a justice of the peace.

Troopers said Filippo was driving west on Route 165 in Exeter near Kings Crossing when he struck 20-year-old Christian Costigan of Exeter a few minutes before 10 p.m. Friday. Costigan was walking on the shoulder with a friend when he was hit.

Filippo, 26, allegedly fled the scene west towards Connecticut. Costigan died at Kent County Hospital.

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Costigan was a CCRI student studying music and hoped to sing in the college chorus in the fall, according to CCRI staff.

The community at CCRI are now mourning his sudden, and tragic death.

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ProJo: North Providence: Man charged after teen hit by car at fireworks display

walkinpvd-iconA 14-year-old girl Sunday was hit by a car Sunday night outside North Providence High School where police say students had congregated to watch a fireworks display.

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Police say the driver of the car, Joseph Moffitt, 27, of North Providence, fled the scene. He was arrested later that night after he called police and admitted to hitting the girl, Davey said.

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2016 Providence 4th of July Celebration

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Mayor Elorza Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Family programming, bike parade, live music and fireworks display highlight Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park on July 4

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Monday, July 4th beginning at 4:30pm. This expanded event will feature family friendly activities, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment, and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

“The City’s Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season here in Providence,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents from all of our neighborhoods at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display.”

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 11, 2016

Downtown Design Review Committee
Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, July 11, 2016 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room
Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 14, 2016 and May 9, 2016

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.15: 76 Westminster Street (Turks Head Building) Proposal to replace an existing storefront window with a new double door, transom and awning.

Pre-Application Review

2. 217 Washington Street (Providence Public Library) – Proposed exterior renovations to the Empire Street building (1954 addition). This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – June 21, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the May 17, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 16-027 MI – 54-56 Glenham and 200 Taylor Street – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 4,000 SF into two lots measuring 1,600 SF and 2,400 SF respectively. There are two existing buildings that would be located on separate lots as a result of the subdivision. The applicant will require dimensional relief from the zoning board of review for creation of undersized lots – for action (AP 45 Lot 661, Upper South Providence)

Institutional Master Plan

2. Rhode Island Hospital Institutional Master Plan Amendment – The Zoning Board of Appeals overturned the CPCs December 15, 2015 denial of Rhode Island Hospital’s Institutional Master Plan Amendment and remanded it to the CPC for a decision – for action (Upper South Providence)

Adjournment

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