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ProJo: Former Providence Mayor Paolino seeks $4.25M in tax help for new hotel

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Former Mayor Joseph R. Paolino Jr. is seeking $4.25 million in state tax help to redevelop his historic office building at 30 Kennedy Plaza into a 48-room boutique hotel that he says would attract guests visiting the tenants in his adjacent office tower at 100 Westminster St.

When he bought both buildings and a nearby parking lot in early 2014 for about $60 million, Paolino said he hoped to turn the smaller of the buildings, built in the mid 1800s, into a hotel.

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Paolino said challenges remain with his hotel plans. He has been one of the loudest critics of existing conditions at Kennedy Plaza, where many of the state’s bus routes converge. He said the city’s recent imposition of a no-smoking policy in Kennedy Plaza will help the area become more of a park and less a place where people loiter. But more must be done — the reason, Paolino said, that he has become chairman of the Downtown Improvement District.

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Providence Historic District Commission Meeting – June 26, 2017

City of Providence Historic District Commission Agenda
JUNE 26, 2017 – 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building, Providence, RI 02903
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor, Conf. Room

Opening Session

Minutes

Approval of the June 7th meeting minutes.

Project Review

1. CASE 17.053, 21 PLANET STREET, Welcome Arnold House, c1785-95 (COLLEGE HILL) – The applicant is requesting the demolition of the building. The applicants have requested that the application be continued, and the commission will vote on a continuance to a date certain. Public comment will be taken at that date.

2. CASE 17.010, 124 SYCAMORE STREET, vacant lot (ARMORY) – The applicant is requesting the new construction of a two-story cottage (This item is continued from the June 7th meeting).

3. CASE 17.045, 15 BARNES STREET, House, c1960 (COLLEGE HILL) – The applicant is requesting the construction of two additions, specifically: a First floor addition (16’10” x 13’8 1?2”) on back side of house behind existing carport; a Second floor addition (18’7” x 18’5.5”) above existing one-story living room; and a Second floor addition (12’11 1?2” x 11’) and deck (9’3 1?2” x 13 8 1?2”) above new construction on first floor. Additional the following alterations are being requested: Adding a front door to the street-facing side of the house to provide a means of entrance; Addition of a garage door recessed in existing; Relocation of existing carport entry stairs to inside the house; Adding additional windows in the existing living room on the east and south facing elevations; Relocation of second floor window on east-facing side, as well as relocation and addition f second window on west-facing; Alteration of the siding and window trim. Slight relocation of window so that it is better aligned; the Addition of a sunscreen to the rear elevation and the installation of fencing (This item is continued from the June 7th meeting).

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Free in-state train service, July 3rd through the end of the year

Wickford Junction Station. Photo from RIDOT’s Facebook Page

Press Release from RIDOT:


RIDOT Offering Free In-State Commuter Rail Trips Between Wickford Junction, T.F. Green And Providence Stations

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is encouraging Rhode Islanders to leave their cars at home for the daily trip to work, catching a flight, or a visit to the capital city by making in-state travel free on trains between Wickford Junction, T.F. Green and Providence stations.

RIDOT is making commuter rail service free for a limited time, beginning on July 3 and running through the end of the year. The promotion will raise awareness of this convenient transit service, encouraging more people to use the train instead of the busy Route 4 highway corridor and the subsequent challenges of driving into and parking in Providence.

“Rhode Island ranks on the bottom when it comes to the percentage of travelers who use transit as opposed to cars, yet we have the infrastructure and train service to make it easy for people to get around our state without a car,” RIDOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. said. “Making it free for a period of time will make more people aware of this great service and provide them an opportunity try it and use it on a regular basis.”

Parking at Wickford Junction Station is free year-round. The facility – located minutes from Exit 5 on Route 4 in North Kingstown – includes covered garage parking, restrooms, a climate-controlled indoor waiting area, electric car charging stations and vending machines.

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – June 20, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 5:30pm
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 May 16, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3417 – 763-771 Broad Street/339 Potters Avenue – The applicant is requesting that a portion of 769 Broad Street that is zoned R-3 be rezoned to C-1 so that the lot is consistently zoned – for action (AP 49 Lot 632, Elmwood)

Minor Subdivision

2. Case No. 17-017MI – 225 Dyer Street and 150 Richmond Street (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide two lots of approximately 5.07 acres into five lots measuring 9,956 SF, 92,846 SF, 46,853 SF, 35,254 SF and 33,190 SF – for action (AP 20 Lots 395 and 396, Downtown)

3. Case No. 17-014MI – 7-9 Duncan Avenue (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 14,160 SF into two lots measuring 5,957 SF and 8,202 SF. The lot is zoned C-2 – for action (AP 5 Lot 517, Mt. Hope)

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Downtown Providence Living Tour – June 10, 2017

Wilkinson Building – by Nat Rea courtesy of Cornish Associates

From the Providence Downtown Improvement District:


Downtown Providence Living Tour Offers Behind-The-Scenes Views of Apartments in The Heart of The City

11 properties to be featured including newly opened rehabilitation projects

Tour 11 downtown apartment buildings, all in one afternoon! On Saturday, June 10th from 11AM to 5PM, The Providence Foundation and Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) will host a Downtown Providence Living Tour to give the public an insider’s perspective on a variety of residential options in the neighborhood. This year, the tour will feature rental units within the following properties:

  • 95 Lofts: 59 apartments located within the redeveloped Irons & Russell Building. 95 Chestnut Street
  • 225 Weybosset: 12 renovated apartments in two historic buildings, across from PPAC. 225 Weybosset Street
  • Arcade Providence: 48 micro-lofts within a national historic landmark building. 65 Weybosset Street
  • Avalon at Center Place: 225-unit building conveniently located across from the train station. 50 Park Row West
  • G Reserve: Redevelopment of the iconic 12-story Union Trust Building. 170 Westminster Street
  • Peerless Building: The largest Westminster Lofts building featuring a roof deck and atrium. 150 Union Street
  • Providence G: 56 luxury apartments within 3 connected historic buildings. 100 Dorrance Street
  • Regency Plaza: Full service apartment community with an outdoor pool and tennis courts. 1 Regency Plaza
  • The Sampalis Building: 15 apartments above 3 storefronts, across from PPAC and JWU. 199 Weybosset Street
  • The Telephone Building: 12 apartments with high ceilings and in-unit laundry. 112 Union Street
  • Wilkinson Building: Smallest of the Westminster Lofts buildings, featuring 12 luxury lofts. 90 Eddy Street

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Joint Meeting with the Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission – June 14, 2017

Meeting Notice
Joint Meeting with the Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 12:00 noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

Agendaccc-round

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of April 12, 2017
  3. Designation of Legal Service Provider
  4. Parcels 3E, 3W, 4E and 4W: Parking Lots
    Request for extension of interim parking lot approvals.
  5. Parcel 13: Providence Place Mall
    Proposal to alter the existing sidewalk planter along Francis Street.
  6. Intermodal Transit Center
    This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken on this item.
  7. Adjournment

Capital Center Parcel Map for Reference

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – May 23, 2017

Design Review Committee of The Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 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 21, 2017 and April 25, 2017
  3. Parcel 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of the proposal to remove the existing sidewalk planter along Francis Street.
  4. Adjournment
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Groundbreaking for new Playground in Burnside Park

From the Downtown Providence Parks Conservacy:


An ocean of fun is coming to Burnside Park this summer!

We are thrilled to announce that today in Burnside Park, the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy broke ground on Brandon’s Beach at Burnside Park, a new destination playground for children of all abilities located in the heart of historic Downtown Providence.

The groundbreaking on Brandon’s Beach at Burnside Park marks a significant new investment in Burnside Park, and serves to enhance Greater Kennedy Plaza’s status as a welcoming city center and family destination. The completed playground will be sensory rich, with musical equipment, swings, and spinners. It will be appropriate for toddlers and young children of all abilities.

The DPPC also used the occasion to announce enhancements to the Imagination Center, which features new amenities made possible by a generous grant from the Hasbro Children’s Fund. It will work in concert with the new playground to establish Burnside Park as a compelling draw for families.

“These are major investments that enhance Greater Kennedy Plaza as a thriving, vital city center and destination for Providence residents and visitors,” said DPPC Executive Director Cliff Wood.

Read more to learn about the inspiration and design of the playground, funding sources, and the impact it’s expected to have on the community.

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City Plan Commission Meeting – May 16, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 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 April 28, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 17-007MI – 588 Manton Ave (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is seeking to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 12,618 SF into two lots measuring approximately 7,582 SF and 5,019 SF – for action (AP 96 Lot 3, Manton)

Adjournment

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 8, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee
Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, May 8, 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 February 13, 2017 and March 13, 2017

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.07: 66 Fountain Street and 78 Fountain Street (commercial building and parking lot) – Continued review of the proposal by 78 Fountain JV Owner LLC, to demolish the existing structure located at 66 Fountain Street, and to construct a new 6-story, mixed-use building on the site at 78 Fountain Street. The applicant was granted preliminary approval of the demolition, preliminary (conceptual) approval of the new construction, and waivers from the Design Standards for New Construction at the March 13, 2017 DRC meeting. The applicant is returning to the DRC for final design review.

2. 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. The applicant is proposing to install an approximately 30’ tall, double-faced, internally illuminated freestanding sign at 350 Eddy Street. The DRC will also be reviewing the sign design at this meeting.

Rendering of proposed Garrahy Courthouse parking garage

3. DRC Application No. 17.18: Garrahy Courthouse Parking Structure: Intersection of Richmond, Friendship & Clifford Streets – Proposal by the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority to construct a 1,250 car open parking structure with ground floor commercial, to be located on a vacant site at the intersection of Richmond, Friendship and Clifford Streets. The project site is currently used as surface parking.

Pre-Application Review

4. 10 Dorrance Street (Howard Building) – Proposal by Bank Newport to install a new storefront system on the ground floor of the building (Dorrance and Westminster Street elevations) as part of a tenant space fit out. This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

Adjournment

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Kennedy Plaza/Downtown Transit Connector Public Meeting – May 9, 2017

Kennedy Plaza – Image from RIPTA

From the Providence Department of Planning & Development:


Please join the City of Providence and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority for an update on the Downtown Transit Connector (DTC) – a planned, high-frequency transit corridor in downtown Providence – and an opportunity to provide further input on the redesign of Kennedy Plaza. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building (first floor), 444 Westminster Street, Providence.

Both RIPTA and the City of Providence are seeking public input on the planned high-frequency DTC service and Kennedy Plaza, which will be a key stop. The City is in the process of looking at options for a long-term vision for Kennedy Plaza to make it a more active, vibrant, safe, and attractive city center while also accommodating public transit. In February, the City hosted a community meeting to gather public input on the redesign of the Plaza. During the upcoming May 9th meeting, the City will again engage community members in a discussion about the remaining options for the Plaza and surrounding area.

At the same time that the City is exploring options for the Plaza, RIPTA is working to advance design and engineering of the DTC. The DTC will create six “station-like” stops on a high?frequency route between Providence Station and the Hospital District, and includes service through Kennedy Plaza. These stops will be designed to be unique and highly visible. Features will include shelters, real time bus arrival signage, bike infrastructure, and other passenger amenities to create attractive public spaces. Part of the design effort will include branding to create a specific identity for the new transit corridor.

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Bike Month 2017

Photo angela n.

Providence Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19th, information from Facebook:

Bike to Work Day is the origin of all National Bike Month events. Started in 1956, this day is a time to try out commuting to work by bike, even if that’s not something you’d normally do. This year, Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 19th. There will be a big celebration in downtown Providence from 7-9am, in Burnside Park, with free food, booths with community organizations, and a few special guests to applaud your bicycling efforts. There will also be bike trains coming into downtown from all parts of the city, so you don’t have to bike alone!

Visit the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition website for information about all the events happening during Bike Month.
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ProJo: Johnston woman, 63, killed in hit-and-run

walkinpvd-iconA 63-year-old woman died after she was struck in a hit-and-run by a black sedan at about 8:45 p.m. Monday.

The woman, who was leaving the Cumberland Farms with her adult son, had just stepped off the curb a little ahead of him when a black sedan hit her, sending her forward about 50 feet onto the pavement. She was taken to the hospital but did not survive her injuries, Johnston Deputy Chief Daniel Parrillo said.

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Jane’s Walk – May 5-7, 2017

Thirteen Citizen-Led Neighborhood Tours Planned in Providence During the Jane’s Walk Global Weekend Festival: May 5-7

Get to know some of Providence’s hidden treasures during Jane’s Walk, a global festival on the first weekend in May! Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk promotes urban literacy by encouraging people to get out and explore their neighborhoods. Unlike typical guided tours, these free walks are led by volunteer citizen guides who share knowledge of their own communities while inspiring participants to think, talk, and connect. Providence is now one of 209 participating cities in 41 countries across 6 continents, and we expect that number to grow!

Since 2014, hundreds of people have participated in 26 walks that have been organized in Providence. The following walks are currently scheduled for the 2017 festival weekend, with meeting locations and other details listed at: JanesWalk.org. Several more may be added over the next few weeks. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, find their leaders at their designated meeting spots, and be ready for lively discussions while on the move. Advance registration is not required except for the Friday afternoon walk focused on Rhode Island and the International Slave Trade.

Friday, May 5th:

  • Rhode Island and the International Slave Trade (led by Elon Cook): intersection of Brown and Power streets, 2:30 PM.
  • Providence at Night (led by Barbara Barnes and Jennifer Wilson): Brick Market Square at the Providence River, 7:30 PM.

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Providence Preservation Society Festival of Historic Houses – June 2-3, 2017

Photo by Warren Jagger courtesy of PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) is pleased to present the Festival of Historic Houses on June 2-3, 2017 in the Upper Elmwood Historic District. One of the region’s most anticipated heritage tourism events, the Festival grants guests self-guided access to more than one dozen private, historic homes. Upper Elmwood boasts opulent architecture, from Queen Anne Victorian to Colonial Revival style, from Providence’s greatest growth period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The homes shine again today due in large part to grassroots restoration efforts by caring residents. New this year will be a neighborhood fair representing aspects of the area’s rich cultural diversity. The event is also timed with the city’s third annual PVD Fest, Providence’s signature citywide art festival, June 1-4, creating a robust art and architecture experience for weekend visitors and residents alike.

Self-guided private house tours take place on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Saturday registration begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue. Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended at providencehousetour.com for $35 for Upper Elmwood residents, $35 in advance for PPS members, and $45 in advance for non-members. On-site tickets will be $35 for Upper Elmwood residents, $45 for PPS members, and $55 for non-members.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – May 1, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2017 – 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) – Request by PRI XII LLC for a modification to the approved design of a new 9-story extended stay hotel on the site. The applicant was granted final approval at the February 16, 2016 DDRC meeting.

Rendering of 169 Canal Street by DBVW Architects

2. DRC Application No. 16.34: 169 Canal Street (parking lot) – Public Hearing – The applicant, 110 North Main, LLC is requesting a development incentive in the form of a transfer of development rights, and requesting waivers from Providence Zoning Ordinance Section 606, Design Standards for New Construction, for a new 15-story mixed-use building to be constructed at 169 Canal Street. The transfer of development rights requested is from Section 603.G, Incentives/Transfer of Development Rights. The waivers requested are from Sections 606.E.1, Building Facades/Ground Floor Transparency, 606.E.3, Building Facades/Upper Level Transparency, and 606.A.4, Building Height and Massing/Recess line. At the conclusion of the hearing, DDRC will take action with respect to these items.

Adjournment

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – April 25, 2017

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017 8:00 AM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meeting of March 21, 2017
  3. Parcel 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of the proposal to remove the existing sidewalk planter along Francis Street.
  4. Parcel 7: Providence Station, and Station Park
    Proposal by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), with grant funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), for proposed improvements at Providence Station.
  5. Adjournment
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Police: Pedestrian was looking for bus when hit, killed by van

walkinpvd-iconAnthony Burns, 43, was struck by a commercial van on Benefit Street near Kenyon Avenue early Saturday morning. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Pawtucket police told Eyewitness News Monday that Burns was not in a crosswalk when he was struck.

Detective Sgt. Christopher LeFort said it appears he stepped onto Benefit Street to see if his bus was coming.

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Police have not determined the cause of the crash, and are waiting to hear from the Rhode Island State Police Accident Reconstruction Team to determine if there were any contributing factors, such as speed.

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