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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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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – April 5, 2016

Design Review Committee
of the Capital Center Commission
Meeting Notice

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016 8:00 AM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of March 29, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade (south elevation) and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
  4. Adjournment
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PVDfest to Return, June 2-5, 2016

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From the Mayor’s Office:


Signature Event in “America’s Coolest City” Returns for Second Year

Rebranded and expanded, PVDFest will bring four days of art, music, and to the streets of Providence, June 2-5, 2016

Providence, RI – City of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Founding Creative Partner FirstWorks announced PVDFest, Rhode Island’s signature art festival will return June 2-5 to transform streets in the heart of Providence into a celebration of art, music, food, performance and more. Artists and performers from around the block and around the globe will converge in Providence for a free outdoor extravaganza expected to draw thousands of guests. Just days before last year’s inaugural Providence International Arts Festival, GQ magazine declared Providence “America’s Coolest City,” and the rebranded and expanded PVDFest will continue to build that momentum.

The four days of citywide programming will once again culminate on Saturday, June 4, beginning with a free celebration that will turn spaces downtown into a world-class performance stage, cutting edge art gallery, and culturally diverse block party. The Festival will animate the downtown as a living canvas from the Festival core anchored by Providence City Hall, FirstWorks Plaza Stage, Alex and Ani City Center and Burnside Park, all along the Washington Street corridor to the Empire Street gateway.

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – March 29, 2016

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of December 15, 2015 and February 16, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Proposed improvement plan (Phases 2 and 3) for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street, and proposed changes to JC Penny façade and Park Street and Hayes Street garage entrances.
  4. Adjournment
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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – March 21, 2016

I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Public Notice of Meeting
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, MARCH 21, 2016, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes:

195-roundPublic Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting held on February 15, 2016.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Presentation by Robert Azar, City of Providence Department of Planning, regarding proposed Royal Oaks project on Parcel 8; vote regarding approval of project plan and design.
  5. Presentation of the District’s draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives(ABCA), and proposed cleanup for Parcel 30 by Fuss & O’Neill.
  6. Presentation by Bonnie Nickerson, City of Providence Department of Planning on the proposed Downtown Enhanced Transit Corridor.
  7. Chairman’s Report/Agenda for March 21, 2016 meeting.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – March 14, 2016

Proposed buildings on two surface parking lots

Downtown Design Review Committee
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. 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 January 11, 2016 and Special Meeting Minutes of February 16, 2016

New Business

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Parking lot next to Grace Church along Westminster Street – Image from Google

1. DRC Application No. 16.05: 175 Mathewson Street (Grace Church) – Proposal by Grace Church to construct a new parish hall addition and stair tower.

2. DRC Application No. 16.06: 92 Dorrance Street (Dorrance Building) – The applicant is requesting approval for a sign installed on the Dorrance Street elevation of the building. The work was completed without DRC review.

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ProJo: Woman seriously injured after being struck by car while crossing Phenix Ave. in Cranston

walkinpvd-iconA 40-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday afternoon after she was struck by a car just west of the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Phenix Avenue.

The initial investigation by the Cranston police accident-reconstruction team and eyewitnesses indicate that the pedestrian was struck just before 6 p.m. while crossing Phenix Avenue, from Stop & Shop towards the Burger King.

The automobile was traveling west on Phenix Avenue. There is a marked crosswalk at the location of the accident.


And from WPRI:

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ProJo: Work on R.I. routes 6-10 a major undertaking for planners

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According to the bid documents released Friday, the 6-10 “conceptual design” consultant will play a central role in figuring out what the state’s “preferred alternative” for 6-10 reconstruction is before helping secure federal environmental approval and, hopefully, federal grants.

Although a surface boulevard plan for 6-10 is not mentioned specifically in the bid documents, one section requires the consultant to study “the traffic impacts along Route 6-10” based on the addition of transit and “a reduction in capacity,” indicating a possible loss of automobile lanes from the current alignment.

Later it says “pedestrian/bicycle flow will also be calculated at key intersections and corridor segments under the future build scenarios. Both positive and negative impacts on traffic will be identified.” The current highway does not allow pedestrians or bicycles and does not have intersections.


The City is hosting a Community Forum on the 6/10 Connector on March 23rd.

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Community Conversation on the Future of the 6/10 Connector – March 23, 2016

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Mayor Jorge Elorza and the American Planning Association of Rhode Island invite you to a community conversation about the future of the 6-10 Connector, featuring a discussion with three national experts who have experience with similar highway projects. This event is free and open to the public.

A Community Conversation About the Future of the 6-10 Connector
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 6-8pm
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, Providence
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City Plan Commission Meeting – February 23, 2016

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The vacant former Store 24 building at 249 Thayer is proposed to be razed to allow for construction of a 4-story mixed-use building – Image from Google Streetview

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 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 January 19 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Development Plan Review

1. DPR 2016-04 – 1081 Douglas Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing building and is requesting a design waiver from the transparency and fenestration requirements for front facades in the C-2 zone – for action (AP 78 Lots 441, 201and 189, Wanskuck)

Major Land Development Project
Public Information Meeting

2. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a four 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 height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 61 feet – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – February 16, 2016

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of December 15, 2015
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Proposed improvement plan for sidewalk and landscape modifications along the mall’s frontage on Francis Street.
  4. Adjournment
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RIFuture.org: Will Providence continue to be a Northeast Corridor rail city?

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Tracks approaching Providence Station

The federal government is considering improvements and changes to train service along the Northeast Corridor rail line that could end up bypassing Providence in favor of Worcester. Here’s how:

NEC FUTURE – a plan for rail investment for the Northeast Corridor,” sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and as their title indicates, is a program to determine a long-term vision and investment program for the Northeast Corridor (NEC), and to provide a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Service Development Plan (SDP) in 2016 in support of that vision. The FRA launched NEC FUTURE in February 2012.

February 16, 2016 will be the last day to make comments on the Tier 1 Draft EIS (DEIS) before NEC FUTURE prepares the final document.


Visit RIFuture.org to continue reading Peter Brassard’s in-depth analysis.

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