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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – December 19, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – 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 November 14 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Adoption of the 2018 meeting calendar
  • Director’s Report

Land Development Project – Pubic Informational Meeting

1. Case no. 17-020MA – 37-47 Elmwood Avenue (Master Plan) – Owner and Applicant: Blessing Ekperi – The applicant is seeking master plan approval for construction of a two story commercial building in the C-2 zone and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) overlay that will provide retail space, offices and a banquet facility in the basement. Associated parking and landscaping will be provided. The applicant is requesting an approximately five foot dimensional adjustment from the TOD overlay’s front yard setback for a portion of the building and an adjustment from the 60 percent build to percentage requirement.

The allowed maximum width of a building entrance is eight feet and the applicant is proposing entrances of approximately 14 feet, which requires a design waiver from the width of building entrances. The TOD overlay requires a minimum ground floor height of 14 feet. The applicant is requesting a waiver to provide 12 feet. A waiver from the 70 percent front façade transparency requirement is also requested. The applicant may request additional waivers at the meeting – for action (AP 30 Lots 267 and 570, West End)

Minor Subdivision

2. Case no. 17-051MI – 86 Lucille Street (Preliminary Plan) – Owner and Applicant: Deborah Pannone – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring 10,000 SF into two lots of 5,000 SF – for action (AP 81 Lot 481, Elmhurst)

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ProJo: Long-awaited pedestrian bridge taking shape over Providence River

Photo from RIDOT’s Facebook page

The bridge is expected to be completed by the end of October 2018, said Charles St. Martin, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of the $16.97-million project.

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The pedestrian bridge now being built on the piers that once carried the highway will eventually connect a nearly 5-acre park on the west side of the river with a nearly 2-acre park to its east. The DOT is responsible for constructing the bridge and parks, among the final elements of the highway realignment.

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The DOT expects to put parks construction out to bid by the end of this year, start work in the spring and conclude the work by summer 2019, St. Martin said.

The new bridge will a key link in the CityWalk project currently under development.

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City Walk Community Meeting – November 28, 2017

From the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development:


Please join the City of Providence Department of Planning and Development for the first community meeting and visioning session for the City Walk Project.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street
Facebook Event Page

LEARN about the project
SHARE your vision & ideas
DISCOVER ways to stay involved
INFLUENCE the final project

The project will:

  • improve safety for people driving, walking, biking, and taking transit;
  • connect residents from nine Providence neighborhoods to each other and Downtown; and
  • create a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and culture.

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WPRI: North Smithfield woman struck, killed by car

walkinpvd-iconPolice have charged the driver they say struck and killed a pedestrian in North Smithfield Sunday night.

The victim – identified Monday as Cheryl A. Willard, 50, of North Smithfield – was attempting to cross Dowling Village Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. Sunday when she was struck near the southern entrance of Dowling Village, according to police.

Emergency crews rushed Willard to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket where, police said, she was later pronounced dead.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 15, 2017

Rendering of Kendall Hotel Group’s proposal for Parcel 1A along the Providence River.

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 Wednesday, November 15, 2017, beginning at 5:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

I. Public Session195-round

  1. Welcoming remarks by Chairperson Davis.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission meeting held on October 16, 2017.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Update and discussion on the proposed development by Waldorf Capital Management on Parcel 30; Vote to consider a reduction in the purchase price for Parcel 30.*
  5. Commission discussion on the possible use of park parcels for ancillary uses such as a visitor’s center and sculpture garden.
  6. Discussion of proposed 2018 Commission meeting schedule.
  7. Vote to ratify the approval of a Level 1 application as submitted by the Kendall Hotel Group for the proposed hotel development on Parcel 1A.*
  8. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
  9. Vote to Adjourn.

*To the extent then complete, proposed resolutions under agenda items 4 and 7 will be posted on the Commission’s website www.195district.com at 12pm on November 15th.

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – November 14, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 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 October 17 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3419 – Rezoning of 234 Bowen Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 234 Bowen Street from R-1 to I-2 – for action (AP 10 Lot 546, College Hill)

2. Referral 3420 – Rezoning of 1075 Smith Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 1075 Smith Street from R-1 to C-1 – for action (AP 122 Lot 1, Elmhurst)

3. Referral 3421 – Rezoning of 37-41 South Angell Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 37-41 South Angell Street from R-3 to C-2 – for action (AP 15 Lot 327, Wayland)

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – November 8, 2017

Joint Meeting with the Design Review Committeee of the Capital Center Commission
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 12:00 noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Parcel 13: Providence Place Mall – Proposal to replace an existing storefront on the Francis Street elevation with a new storefront, and
    to install a new sign for ‘CycleBar’.
  3. Request from Providence Foundation for Financial Support
  4. Updates These items are for discussion only. No action will be taken.
    • Skyline at Waterplace Park
    • Intermodal Transit Center
  5. Adjournment
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National Trust for Historic Preservation: Historic Tax Credit Eliminated

“Our tax credits have made the preservation of our older buildings not only a matter of respect for beauty and history, but of economic good sense.” –President Ronald Reagan in 1984

Press Release from National Trust for Historic Preservation:


Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed tax reform bill that eliminates the federal historic tax credit (HTC) as part of a sweeping effort to both pay for tax cuts and simplify the tax code.

While not unexpected, this policy proposal deals a significant blow to historic preservation. The HTC has a four-decade track record of success in saving our nation’s historic buildings, creating over 2.4 million jobs, and actually generating revenue for the U.S. Treasury, returning $1.20 for every taxpayer dollar spent.

President Ronald Reagan praised the HTC as “economic good sense” by significantly leveraging private sector investment. Developers have completed over 42,000 challenging historic rehabilitation projects using the HTC. Without this powerful incentive, historic rehabilitation across the nation will halt, as will significant reinvestment in our communities.

Introduction of the House tax reform bill represents the beginning of a difficult legislative process. We will continue to advocate vigorously in support of this vital preservation tool to ensure a critical redevelopment incentive is preserved in the final tax reform bill—but we cannot do it without you.

Please use our sample message to contact your members of Congress NOW to help save the historic tax credit.

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Providence Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – November 6, 2017

Providence Downtown Design Review Committee Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, November 6, 2017 – 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of June 12th, July 10th, August 7th, September 11th and October 2, 2017

Old Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.40: Washington Place (Providence Washington Insurance Company Building) – Proposal by the Rhode Island School of Design to construct a new one-story addition on the Steeple Street (north) elevation, and to conduct exterior alterations on the south and east elevations.

Pre-Application Review

2. Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) – Shelter Design – Proposal by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to install ten (10) new bus shelters as part of the DTC project.

Adjournment

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – October 16, 2017

I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Notice of Public Meeting A regular 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 October 16, 2017, beginning at 5:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

195-roundI. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Azrack.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on September 26, 2017.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Presentation by Building Bridges and the Avenue Concept for a proposed sculpture garden on Parcel 1A.
  5. Presentation by Bob Burke regarding the proposed Freedom Trail Visitor Center on Parcel 1A.
  6. Presentation regarding the proposed development by the Kendall Hotel Group on Parcel 1A by Tim Love of Utile, Inc.
  7. Discussion and Vote to consider approval of a Level 1 application as submitted by the Kendall Hotel Group for a proposed hotel development on Parcel 1A.
  8. Public hearing and Vote regarding a zoning variance to permit the sale of alcohol under a temporary use permit at the proposed food service/entertainment business to be operated by The Seafood Shack LLC at 239 Dyer Street (Lot 404, Assessor’s Plat 20).
  9. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.
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Providence Preservation Society Symposium – October 18 & 21, 2017

Press release from Providence Preservation Society:


Providence Symposium Examines Historic Preservation and Urban Displacement

PPS Presents Free Programs with Local and National Experts on October 18 and 21

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) presents the 2017 Providence Symposium, Sites and Stories: Mapping a Preservation Ecosystem, October 18 and 21 in Fox Point. The program examines how to preserve sites and their diverse stories, particularly when these sites have vanished or been altered. The Symposium explores both the economics and the ethics of preservation, acknowledges divides in the field, provides an opportunity to consider multiple points of view and applies to all those who care about the history of the built environment.

The event begins with film screenings on Wednesday, October 18, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street. Films include “Some Kind of Funny Porto Rican?”: A Cape Verdean American Story (2006) and The Rebirth of the Nation: The Story of Urban Renewal (1963), a 16mm restored film courtesy of SPIA Media Productions, Inc. An informal Q&A follows with Claire Andrade-Watkins, Director of the Fox Point Cape Verdean Project; Professor of Film and Africana Studies at Emerson College; and Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and Distinguished Community Practitioner and Senior Fellow, Swearer Center for Public Service, both at Brown University.

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – October 17, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 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 August 15, 2017, regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Public Hearing

1. Huntington Ave / Salvati Way Green Infrastructure Grant – The Department of Planning and Development will present their application for a state grant to install green infrastructure along the Huntington Ave corridor and will explain how the project conforms with the Comprehensive Plan – for discussion

Land Development Project Public Hearing

2. Case No. 15-039MA – 200 Corliss Street and 303 West River Street (Major Change) – The applicant is requesting to amend an approved preliminary plan. The three story 57,000 SF building initially planned for Lot 379 will be changed for construction of two buildings on the same lot. The applicant is proposing to construct a one story building with a 13,400 SF footprint and a three story building with a footprint of 38,100 SF with internal parking on the first floor and two stories of office space on the second and third floor – for action (Mt. Hope, AP 74 Lots 399 and 379)

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CNNtech: How Seattle morphed from bikeshare failure to industry leader in five months

Cyclists riding on a cycletrack in Downtown Seattle. Photo Seattle Department of Transportation

Fewer than five months ago, Seattle shut down its struggling municipal bikeshare system that had been propped up with taxpayer dollars. But in the last month, three innovative bikeshare companies have launched in the city, quickly eclipsing the past failure.

There are more bikes available, and more rides being taken. The price of a single ride — $1 — isn’t only cheaper — it’s the lowest price of any bikeshare system in a major U.S. city. The city government will be receiving substantially more data on these bike trips, to better plan local transportation. By year’s end, Seattle is on pace to have the U.S.’s largest bikeshare network. And all of this happened without a penny of taxpayer funding.

“The city has turned what was an abysmal failure into a huge success story just within a matter of months,” Tom Fucoloro, editor of the Seattle Bike Blog, told CNN. “Seattle is the gateway to the U.S. on bikeshare. A lot of other cities are looking at Seattle and watching.”

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WPRI: Bike-share service coming to Providence

Image from Social Bicycles’ blog

City Councilman Bryan Principe, who represents Ward 13, will introduce a resolution at Tuesday’s council meeting that would authorize the Elorza administration to enter into a five-year $400,000 contract with Social Bicycles, a well-known company that will oversee the “implementation, management, and operation” of the bike-share service.

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The bikes will be located at 40 stations near the Downtown Transit Connector, which will run from Capital Center through downtown to the Rhode Island Hospital area. Other stations will be placed in Fox Point, College Hill and portions of the West End and Federal Hill, according to the RFP.

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Providence Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – October 2, 2017

Providence Downtown Design Review Committee – Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, October 2, 2017 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2017, July 10, 2017, August 7, 2017 and September 11, 2017

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.38: 259 Weybosset Street (Commercial Structure) – Proposal by Weybosset, LLC to modify the existing storefronts and to create new window openings on the Snow Street (west) elevation.

2. DRC Application No. 17.40: Washington Place (Providence Washington Insurance Company Building) – Proposal by the Rhode Island School of Design to construct a new one-story addition on the Steeple Street (north) elevation, and to conduct exterior alterations on the south and east elevations.

Pre-Application Review

3. Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) ? Shelter Design – Proposal by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to install ten (10) new bus shelters as part of the DTC project. This item is to discuss the new shelter design only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – September 26, 2017

Rendering of proposed Parcel 1A hotel released in April 2017

I-195 Redevelopment District Commission – Notice of Public Meeting A regular 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 Tuesday September 26, 2017, beginning at 5:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

195-roundI. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Azrack.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on August 21, 2017.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Report and Vote on the District’s Financial Audit by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Lasky and Commission Treasurer Elizabeth Huidekoper.
  5. Presentation on the proposed development for Parcel 1A by Gerald and Jack Fandetti of the Kendall Hotel Group (followed by Public Comment).
  6. Vote to consider approval of a Level 1 application as submitted by the Kendall Hotel Group for a proposed development on Parcel 1A.
  7. Discussion and Vote to consider the allocation of funds from the I-195 Project Fund as requested by the District for the purposes related to temporary parking on Parcels 27 and 25.
  8. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5:00 P.M.
  9. Vote to Adjourn.
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – September 11, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2017 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2017, July 10, 2017 and August 7, 2017

New Business

1. 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 August 7, 2017 DDRC meeting.

Pre-Application Review

2. 20 Washington Place (Providence Washington Insurance Company Building) – Proposal by the Rhode Island School of Design to conduct exterior alterations and to construct a new addition (rear elevation). This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment

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RIPTA open house on proposed Downtown Providence service changes – September 11, 2017

Kennedy Plaza, Image from RIPTA.

Press Release from RIPTA:


RIPTA to Hold Open House to Discuss Future Changes to Improve Downtown Providence Bus Service

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is considering changes to improve bus service in downtown Providence and is inviting the public to provide input. Future service changes are being planned in order to maximize opportunities that will be created by upcoming capital investments including the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) and the Providence Intermodal Transportation Center (PITC). RIPTA is hosting an open house on Monday, September 11, 2017, 4:30PM – 6:00PM at the Providence Foundation, 30 Exchange Terrace, Providence. The public is welcome to drop in anytime during this session.

RIPTA is considering service options that will best serve passengers who live and work in greater downtown Providence, including areas such as Capital Center, the Jewelry District and the Hospital District. Some of the improvements the transit authority is considering include:

  • More direct service to more locations, which will reduce the number of transfers needed by passengers.
  • Reduction of travel times in key areas.
  • Less reliance on Kennedy Plaza as a primary location for transit connections.
  • Expanding more routes to the Providence Amtrak Train Station to provide more direct bus-rail connections.
  • Making transit more “user friendly” to downtown residents and workers through the creation of a high frequency transit corridor from the Train Station to Rhode Island Hospital.
  • Maximizing customer convenience at Kennedy Plaza to support the City’s vision to consolidate bus travel on Washington Street, making it a two-way, transit-only road.
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