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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – May 23, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, May 23rd – Sunset: 8:06 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

All Full WaterFire installations light up over eighty braziers from Waterplace Park to Memorial/South Main Street Park. Lighting occurs shortly after sunset and the event continues until half past midnight.
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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – May 18, 2015

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

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Parcel 28 preliminary rendering by The Architectural Team.

Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. Review and approval of the Minutes of the Commission Public Session Meetings Held on April 6 and 27, 2015.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Discussion and Affirmation of Appointment of Commission Officers.
  5. Vote to consent to the 2014 City of Providence Zoning Ordinance with conditions as presented by Commission Counsel.
  6. Review and Consideration of the Request by Phoenix Lincoln, Contract Purchaser of Parcel 28, to Extend Time Periods to Complete Due Diligence and Obtain Tax Stabilization Agreement and Vote.
  7. Review and Consideration of the Request by Commonwealth Ventures, developers of South Street Landing, on behalf of National Grid, to have a long term easement over the southern tip of Parcel 4, and Vote.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – May 19, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from April 28, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivions

1. Case No. 15-016MI – 114 Chace Ave (Preliminary Plan) – Subdivision of a lot measuring approximately 10,300 SF in the R-1 zone, into two lots measuring approximately 5,083 SF and 5,111 SF each – for action (AP 91 Lot 42, Hope)

2. Case No. 15-017MI – 67 Touro Street (Preliminary Plan) – Subdivision of a lot measuring approximately 7,300 SF in the R-3 zone into two lots measuring approximately 3,648 and 3,700 SF. The applicant will require zoning relief from the minimum lot size requirement of 5,000 SF – for action (AP 71 Lot 577, Charles)

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

3. Case No. 14-038MA – 181 Corliss Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a four story, 124 room extended stay hotel on the former site of an abandoned Postal Service building. The lot measures approximately 2.01 acres. Continued from the April 28 meeting – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)

City Council Referral

4. Referral 3390—Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance – Presentation of proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance to make clarifications, corrections and technical changes to the new ordinance approved in November of 2014. The zoning map will be amended to expand the I-3E overlay district and indicate A and B streets in Downtown. Both items were inadvertently omitted from the zoning map when it was originally approved – for action

Adjournment

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PawSox owners to present stadium plan to Jewelry District Association – May 12, 2015

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Yes, that is tomorrow, the meeting is open to the public, details:


Presentation on Proposed PawSox Stadium – James Skeffington

Monthly JDA Meetings are open to the public

You’re invited to attend.
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Meeting time: promptly at 4:00 pm to approximately 5:30 pm.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. Each meeting offers updates on local issues and reports of JDA action, as well as occasional guests from city government departments, businesses, universities and others whose ideas and/or actions are important to the Jewelry District.

Meeting Location:

Brown University Continuing Education Department
200 Dyer Street, Providence

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Providence Bike to Work Day – May 15, 2015

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From the Facebook event page:


Friday, May 15, 2015
7:30am – 9:30am
Burnside Park

With spring in the air, the City of Providence and the RI Bicycle Coalition invite you to celebrate Bike to Work Day as part of National Bike Month.

Free coffee and food will be provided to participants. Other activities include:

  • Bike demos
  • Raffles
  • Bike-powered charging station for your electronics
  • Photo booth
  • Information from community organizations and local vendors

Mayor Elorza is excited to demonstrate his support for bike commuting by leading one of the six bike trains to Bike to Work Day! Join one of these 1-3 mile trains starting in different locations across the city. Meet your bike train leaders at one of the following stops at 7:30am to bike downtown together.

  • Train 1 starting location: Neutaconkanut Recreation Center – Mayor Elorza’s train!
  • Train 2 starting location: Mount Pleasant High School
  • Train 3 starting location: Lippitt Park
  • Train 4 starting location: Roger Williams Park
  • Train 5 starting location: Wayland Square
  • Train 6 starting location: Coventry Bike Path– intermediate level – captains will also lead a ride home at the end of the work day

Bike Trains Map

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WaterFire Providence – Partial Lighting – May 16, 2015

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WaterFire will have a partial lighting on Saturday, May 16th – Sunset: 7:59 pm

WaterFire describes itself as:

…an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.

View the complete 2015 WaterFire schedule.

Partial lightings usually include all of the braziers from Providence Place Mall to Steeple Street.
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News & Notes

A couple of red traffic lights against a blue sky

Photo (cc) Horia Varlan

Better Cities & Towns: The benefits of removing stop lights

In the 1990s, the City of Philadelphia removed 800 traffic lights. Traffic flow improved and accidents declined by 26 percent in these intersections.

Recently, Wayne State researchers recommended that Detroit remove 460 signals, or 30 percent of its total inventory. And that figure may underestimate removable signals, the researchers note.

For pedestrians, four-way stops are much better—because every automobile has to come to a complete stop and traffic is calmed.

For pedestrians, removing traffic signals also helps maintain their right-of-way. If one approaches a stop light and is unable to reach the beg-button before the light changes, the red hand tells pedetrains and motorists that the pedestrian is not allowed to cross, even if they are trying to cross with the green which they should be allowed to do by right. Even if the walk-light actuates, turning drivers interpret their green as their right-of-way and treat the pedestrian as secondary.

A non-signalized intersection gives pedestrians the right-of-way.


The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: One-way streets are failing their cities

In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.

“Sociologically, the way one-way streets work,” he says, “[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by.”

It’s also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime.

So all the streets that were made one way on Federal Hill to deter drug activity, actually made it worse? Thanks NIMBYs.


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Jane’s Walk – May 2-3, 2015

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Jane Jacobs in 1960. Photo by Phil Stanziola – New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection via Wikipedia

This weekend Providence has 6 walking tours and 1 biking tour scheduled for the 3rd annual Providence Jane’s Walk:

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Providence is one of America’s oldest cities, and thrived as an industrial and maritime hub in the 1800s and early 1900s. Today, the city is known for its quirky art and design scene, its food, its universities and hospitals, and its walkable historic urban fabric, among many other things. Join us as we explore this great city, either by leading or participating in a Jane’s Walk!

See the full schedule of walks planned for Providence or create your own.

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Downcity Cinco de Mayo Block Party – May 2, 2015

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From InDowncity on Facebook:


It’s back!

InDowncity and the Downcity merchants are excited to announce that the fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party will be taking place on Saturday May 2nd 2015!

We’ve got tacos, we’ve got live music, we’ve got piñatas and SO much more this year!

Taking over Westminster Street between Dorrance and Mathewson, we are bringing you FOUR city blocks of color, excitement, music and Cinco spirit!

We’ll have more info for you soon so keep your eyes on indowncity.com in the coming days and weeks more more details, but for now: SAVE THE DATE!

SATURDAY MAY 2nd starting at 11am right on through until 6pm

Event page on Facebook
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RIPTA online fare survey

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From RIPTA:


RIPTA Launches Online Transit Fare Survey

Survey Available Through May 1, 2015

Is it easy for passengers to buy tickets and passes to ride the bus? Do we offer the types of fare products they are looking for? The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) wants to know how passengers feel about their fare pricing and products, and is inviting their passengers to take their Transit Fare Study Survey. It is available on RIPTA’s website now through May 1, 2015. Also, copies of the survey are available at the customer service window at Kennedy Plaza and our Commuter Resource Team will be making it available to passengers at various locations, including some Park ‘n Ride commuter lots.

RIPTA is conducting the survey as it embarks on a comprehensive transit fare study that will review all fare products as well as the rates that are charged. One of the main goals of the study – which is expected to take about four months – is to determine if RIPTA is offering the types of fare products that best meet passengers’ needs.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – April 27, 2015

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, April 27, 2015, beginning at 4pm, for the following purposes
The 195 Commission was scheduled to discuss the PawSox stadium proposal with the team’s ownership in closed door, “Executive Session,” at this meeting. That discussion is now open to the public according to The Providence Journal.

I. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. 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) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  3. Presentation Regarding Acquisition and Development of District Property.
  4. III. Public Session

  5. Vote to Adjourn.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – April 28, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from February 24, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Approval of minutes from March 17, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project – Public Hearing

1. Case No. 14-038MA – 181 Corliss Street (Preliminary Plan Approval) – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a four story, 124 room extended stay hotel on the former site of an abandoned Postal Service building. The lot measures approximately 2.01 acres. The applicant is seeking a waiver from the requirement that all state permits be acquired by the preliminary plan stage. Public comment will be taken. Continued from the February 24 meeting – for action (AP 74 Lot 376, Mt. Hope)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3389—Amendment to Port Redevelopment Plan – The amendment proposes to change the boundaries of the redevelopment area by removing two properties. The amendment will be reviewed for conformance with the Comprehensive Plan – for action (Lower South Providence)

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – April 21, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 • 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes – Meetings of January 20, 2015 and March 17, 2015
  3. Francis Street & Memorial Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements – Presentation of proposed safety improvements.
  4. Adjournment
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Providence Geeks – April 15, 2015

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Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

From Providence Geeks:


Spring is finally here! Let’s celebrate its arrival with a terrific presenter.

batchbookSince its founding in 2006, Providence-based Batchbook has helped thousands of small businesses track their contacts, win deals, and grow their businesses. Along the way, Batchbook has played a key role in pioneering “social CRM,” and founding the popular trade association, the Small Business Web.

At the April Geek Dinner on Wednesday the 15th, Batchbook Founder & CEO Pamela O’Hara and Founding Member & VP of Strategy Keri Calhoun, will give an overview of Batchbook today. She’ll also share some of the hard-won wisdom they’ve gained running a popular B2B SaaS service for almost a decade, and give a sneak peek at where Batchbook is headed next.

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ProJo: ‘Linear park’ on Washington Bridge to open in June

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If you were thinking that, come the first warm sunny spring day, you’d hop on your bike and check out the new “linear park” on the Washington Bridge — or even that you’d commute to work over it — think again.

Already behind schedule last fall, the projected completion of the span linking the East Bay Bike Path to Providence’s India Point Park has been pushed back until June, according to Rose Amoros, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.

You can blame the cold, snowy winter for the further delays, Amoros said.

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WPRI: Providence moving forward with streetcar plan

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Providence is moving forward with an altered – and slightly cheaper – version of its proposed streetcar line.

The city is currently seeking proposals for “planning and engineering services” that would include a preliminary design of a 1.6-mile streetcar line that would begin at Providence Station and end near the main entrance on Rhode Island Hospital.

The projected $100.2-million price tag is less than the original $117.8-million proposal, in part because the city is no longer planning stops on College Hill in the first phase of its plan. Future extensions of the line would include the East Side and Dudley Street in South Providence.

Update

Dan McGowan asked me to comment on the streetcar for the “Saturday Morning Post” on WPRI.

The state can support the streetcar project and make it more successful by working to increase the speed and frequency of MBTA Commuter Rail service between Providence and Boston and extending service to Kingston Station near URI.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – April 6, 2015

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Governor Raimondo.
  2. Welcoming Remarks by Mayor Elorza.
  3. Welcome by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  4. Executive Director’s Report and Review of Materials, and Introduction of Commission Consultants, Fuss & O’Neill and DK Communications.
  5. Presentation by Lisa Pinsonneault of Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office regarding Open Meetings Act.
  6. Discussion and Adoption of Revised 2015 Commission Meeting Schedule, May – December.
  7. Discussion and Vote regarding Adoption of the 2014 City of Providence Zoning Ordinance.
  8. 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) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

    III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Remarks.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.
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Capital Center Commission Meeting – April 8, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 • 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2014
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of September 16, 2014, November 18, 2014 and December 2, 2014
  3. Election of Officers
  4. Internal Operating Procedures: Development Fees
  5. Parcel 15: Francis Street parking lot update
  6. Adjournment
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