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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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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

ccc-roundAgenda

  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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