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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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Capital Center Commission Meeting – June 15, 2016

Capital Center Commission Meeting
Meeting Notice – Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 12:00 noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room
Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes – Meeting of April 13, 2016
  3. Parcel 3S: One Citizens Plaza – Proposal to install a new exterior door, stair and landing on the east side of the building
  4. Parcels 3E and 3W: parking lots – Proposal to install new urban landscaping
  5. Parcel 1: Union Station Parking Lot – Request for Extension of Parking Attendant Booth and Pylon Sign Approvals
  6. Parcel 15: RI Credit Union – Request for Extension of Parking Approval
  7. FY 2016 Budget
  8. Other Business
    • Providence Foundation Letter
    • Presentation on Restructuring Design Review Regulations
  9. Adjournment
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WPRI: Pedestrian seriously injured in Warwick crash

walkinpvd-iconPolice in Warwick are investigating a serious pedestrian crash.

According to police, officers were called to the area of 70 Centerville Road for a report of a pedestrian hit by a car.

Police said the crash involved a 32-year-old driver from Warwick and 27-year-old pedestrian from West Greenwich. The pedestrian was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries, according to police.

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RIPTA Bus Stop Design Guide Public Meetings – June 9, 15, & 20, 2016

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From RIPTA:


The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is currently developing bus stop design guidelines for use by RIPTA, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, municipalities and others, when roads with RIPTA bus routes are reconstructed or otherwise improved. Your input is valuable in helping shape a “complete streets” approach that enhances transit ridership through guidelines for urban, suburban and rural bus stops.

Three (3) open houses are scheduled in June to provide opportunity for input. Meetings are open to everyone from the general public, transit riders, municipal planning, engineering and public works departments, advocacy groups, A&E consultants, business groups, and developers. Meetings will include information on potential bus stop typologies.

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Building Bridges: The Launch – May 28, 2016

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From Facebook:


Join us for food & drink by MATUNUCK OYSTER BAR, live music by headliners MARK CUTLER & MEN OF GREAT COURAGE, THE NELSONIANS, and THE RED PENNYS, and kick off summer in style at THE LAUNCH! Then wander upriver to enjoy an evening of WATERFIRE!

Building Bridges is a new movement to activate, celebrate, imagine, and help realize Providence’s future premiere riverfront park and its pedestrian bridge, and THE LAUNCH! is our exciting first event. Together, we can show what an amazing, vibrant public space this can be, and why building our park and bridge is so important!

A ticket gets you a beverage and admission for a day of great food, live music, and celebration. Children under 12 free. This is a rain or shine event!

Tickets available via Eventbrite
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ProJo: R.I. state aid approved for planned Providence hotel

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Construction may begin this summer on an extended-stay hotel on a vacant, triangular lot in Providence’s Capital Center Commission district because the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation agreed Monday night to give the developer as much as $4.8 million in taxpayer assistance over 20 years.

The Commerce agency’s board of directors unanimously approved the incentive for a Homewood Suites by Hilton, with 120 suites at 5 Exchange St. This is the first project to take advantage of a new state-level Tax Increment Financing program proposed last year by the Raimondo administration and approved by legislators.

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ProJo: Pawtucket, Central Falls seeking rail station

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Rhode Island is making its strongest push yet for a Pawtucket commuter rail station long-sought by the city and neighboring Central Falls.

The Department of Transportation late last month applied for a $14.5-million federal grant for the project, which would be built between Dexter and Conant Streets and cost an estimated $40 million.

According to the application to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “TIGER” grant program, the state would contribute $3.6 million to the project and the two cities would combine to chip in another $3 million. The remaining $18.9 million would come from Rhode Island’s annual appropriation of federal transportation dollars.


The station could be completed as soon as late summer 2019, more likely early 2020.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – May 16, 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, MAY 16, 2016, beginning at 5 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 Public Session Meeting Held on March 21, 2016.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Discussion on the selection of an Urban Planning and Design firm to serve as District consultant.
  5. Presentation on proposed event on Parcel P4, “The Launch” by Olin Thompson and Sharon Steele of Building Bridges Providence.
  6. 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 subsection (5) (disposition of public property).

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

  9. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for June 20, 2016 meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – May 17, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regulare Meeting
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 4:45 PM
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 April 26, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

1. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a five story building providing for a mix of uses including a restaurant, commercial, and residential space. An extension of the sidewalk for provision of public space is also proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 50 foot/four story height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 57 feet and five stories – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)

Minor Subdivion

2. Case No. 16-026 MI – 348-R Woodward Road – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 65,340 SF into three lots measuring 43,560 SF and two lots measuring 10,316 SF. No street creation is proposed as part of the subdivision – for action (AP 78 Lot 372, Wanskuck)

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – May 17, 2016

Design Review Committee of
The Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 8:00 AM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of March 29, 2016 and April 5, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of the proposed improvement plan for the Riverwalk entrance at the mall.
  4. Parcel 3S: One Citizens Plaza
    Proposal to install a new exterior door, stair and landing on the east side of the building.
  5. Adjournment
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PBN: RIDOT moves up Providence River pedestrian bridge schedule

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Rendering of the planned Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

The process for building a pedestrian bridge connecting the two sides of the Providence River in the I-195 redevelopment district, will move forward this month, the R.I. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

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The construction schedule, described in a recent reporting by the DOT, would have preliminary work beginning in the fall. Construction of the $13.2 million bridge project is expected to span two seasons, with completion anticipated in early 2018.


Yay!

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WPRI: Man injured in Coventry pedestrian crash

walkinpvd-iconA Coventry man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car on New London Turnpike Saturday, police said.

In a news release Saturday night, police said the 41-year-old man was struck by a 69-year-old Coventry woman who was driving near Wendy’s.

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Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 7, 2016

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The Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party in Downcity Providence

Saturday May 7th, 2016 • 11am – 6pm • 260 Westminster Street, Providence RI (between Dorrance Street and Mathewson Street).

In Downcity and its merchant members are excited to announce the colorful return of the Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Saturday May 7th from 11am­ to 6pm. We will be celebrating the local flavors, sounds, and textures of our city–all along Westminster Street!

The event is FREE and open to the public.

#CincoPVD2016, now a Downcity institution, is in its sixth year running.

Join us as we celebrate the warm weather with music, food, dancing, and more!

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Jane’s Walk Providence – May 6-8, 2016

Press Release:


Twelve Citizen-Led Neighborhood Tours Planned in Providence
During the 10th Annual Jane’s Walk Global Weekend Festival: May 6-8

janes-walk-10Get to know some of Providence’s lesser known pockets during Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, on Friday, May 6th, Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th. Last year, Providence was one of 189 participating cities in 36 countries around the world, and we expect that number to grow. 2016 is a special year, as we celebrate the 10th year of the Jane’s Walk festival and what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday.

Unlike typical guided tours, these free walks are led by volunteer citizen guides who share knowledge of their own communities with others. Through open conversations that get tour-goers thinking, talking, and connecting, Jane’s Walks engage people in a democratic city planning process. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, find their leaders in their designated meeting spots, and be ready for lively discussions while on the move.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 9, 2016

Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2016 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundAgenda

Opening Session

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

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.10: One Empire Plaza – Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Roger Williams University, requesting a waiver from Zoning Ordinance Section 1607(H), Projecting Signs, which limits the number and square footage of projecting signs in the D?1 Zone. The applicant is seeking to install three internally illuminated projecting signs and one wall sign on the building at One Empire Plaza.

Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – April 13, 2016

Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Wednesday, APRIL 13, 2016 – 12:00 Noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of January 13, 2016 and March 9, 2016
    2.2 Acceptance of Design Review Committee Meeting Minutes of December 15, 2015 and February 16, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Request for approval of Phases 2 and 3 of the proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to the former JC Penny building façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances. Phase 1 of the improvement plan was approved by the Commission at the March 9, 2016 meeting.
  4. Adjournment
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Public workshops on the 6/10 interchange hosted by RIDOT

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Press Release from RIDOT:


RIDOT Announces Public Workshops for 6-10 Interchange Design Options

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced a series of public workshops for the reconstruction of the 6-10 interchange as part of a process to reimagine this important transportation infrastructure.

The Route 6-10 Interchange Project has road and bridge elements that have been in design for approximately 30 years. Within the project limits there are seven structurally deficient bridges that need to be addressed immediately. The project, which is of regional significance, consists of addressing structurally deficient bridges and reconfiguring the interchange to accommodate local and regional travel for commuters and businesses.

The Department is committed to meet an April 14 deadline for submission to the Federal Highway Administration’s recently announced FASTLANE grant program. The program, announced on February 26, makes $800 million available for projects of national or regional significance. RIDOT is applying for a $150 million grant for this project.

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