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City seeks ideas to light the Route 95 Eddy Street underpass

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From the Providence Department of Planning and Development:


Request for Proposals for a Lighting Installation for the Eddy Street Underpass

Project Background and Context

The City of Providence is soliciting creative designs for a lighting installation that would activate and enhance the safety and visual appeal of the Eddy Street underpass. The improvement of this space through unique artistic design would not only make the underpass significantly safer and more inviting for pedestrians, but it would also define a sense of place, effectively connecting the City’s emerging Hospital District with the more established, pedestrian-friendly Jewelry District. Activation of this space provides a significant opportunity to establish a well-designed, identifiable connection between these two vital districts, while promoting a safe, pedestrian-oriented environment. Furthermore, this project allows for an exciting opportunity to utilize the abundant local artistic talent, further enhancing the identity of Providence as “The Creative Capital.”

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2015 Providence 4th of July Celebration

Information about this weekend’s 4th of July celebrations from the City:


Mayor Elorza Invites Providence Residents to Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and the Providence Tourism Council will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30pm and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15pm. A rain date of July 5, 2015 has been set.

“The BankRI Independence Day Celebration is a highlight of the summer season in our Creative Capital,” said Mayor Elorza. “I look forward to joining visitors and residents at India Point Park to celebrate the Fourth of July with a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and our signature fireworks display.”

Additional sponsors of the celebration include the Department of Parks and Recreation, Lite Rock 105, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, National Grid, and Narragansett Beer.

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Rhode Island PrideFest & Illuminated Night Parade – June 20, 2015

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Rhode Island Pride kicks of tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th with the annual PrideFest along the riverfront on South Water Street starting at noon.

PrideFest is followed up by the Illuminated Night Parade through the streets of downtown starting at 8:30pm.

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National Dump The Pump Day – June 18, 2015

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From RIPTA:


On June 18, 2015, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country will celebrate the 10th Annual National Dump the Pump Day.

In these tough economic times with high gas prices, everyone is looking for a way to save money. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,569 a year.

However, public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, it also helps communities grow and prosper. For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns. Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive. So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities!

Upload a photo of yourself showing how you dumped the pump with the hashtag #DumpThePumpRI and you’ll be entered to win a RIPTA prize pack.
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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – June 15, 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, June 15, 2015, beginning at 5pm, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Chairperson Joseph Azrack.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Public Session Meeting Held on May 18, 2015.
  3. Executive Director’s Report.
  4. Discussion and Consent to Reschedule Date of December’s Commission meeting.
  5. Presentation by CV Properties and Wexford Science and Technology of their proposed mixed use development on Parcels 22 and 25.
  6. Discussion and approval of I-195 Tax Stabilization strategy.
  7. 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).

  8. Discussion Regarding Status of Proposals to Acquire and Develop District Property.
  9. III. Public Session

  10. Vote to Adjourn.
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Capital Center Design Review Committee Meeting – June 16, 2015

featured-capital-center Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 • 8:00am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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A hotel proposal will be considered for Parcel 12 (aka the Triangle Parcel)

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of March 17, 2015, April 21, 2015 and March 19, 2015
  3. Parcel 14: Veterans Memorial Auditorium
    Proposal to install 2-sided marquee sign and electronic message board.
  4. Parcel 9: GTECH Building
    Proposal to replace existing GTECH signage with new IGT signage.
  5. Parcel 12
    Presentation of plans for the construction of an extended stay hotel on the property.
  6. Adjournment
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 15, 2015

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Monday, June 15, 2015 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 9, 2015 and May 11, 2015

New Business

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1. DRC Application No. 13.13: 44 Hospital Street Continued review of the proposal by 44 Hospital Street, LLC to demolish the existing structure located at 44 Hospital Street, and to construct a new six?story mixed?use building on the site. The applicant was granted a waiver for demolition of the existing building and conceptual approval of the new design at the July 8, 2013 DRC meeting. The applicant is returning to the DRC for final design review.

Adjournment

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City Plan Commission Meeting – June 16, 2015

CPC City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from May 19, 2015 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report
  • A briefing on ethics and open meetings for public officials presented by the Assistant City Solicitor

City Council Referral

1. Referral No. 3391 – Abandonment of a portion of Somerset Street The petitioner, Community Preparatory School, is proposing to abandon a portion of Somerset Street between Tanner Street and Prairie Ave that lies between the school and a community center. The applicant intends to use the abandonment area to connect the school to the community center and increase the amount of green space on campus – for action (Upper South Providence)

2. Referral No. 3392 – Zoning ordinance amendment of definition of Group Quarters Petition to amend the definition of ‘Group Quarters’ in Section 1204 of the zoning ordinance – for action

3. Referral No. 3393 – Zoning ordinance amendment of Outdoor Dining regulations Petition to amend the definition of Outdoor Dining in Section 1202 of the zoning ordinance to allow businesses on the south side of Atwells Avenue between Harris Avenue and Bradford Street to operate outdoor dining past 11:00 pm – for action

Adjournment

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Providence Geeks – June 17, 2015

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Wednesday, June 17th, 5:30 – 8pm
180 George Street, Providence, RI 02906

Note: Because we’re at Brown this month, things will be a little different. There won’t be any dinner to be bought, but there will be free soft drinks and snacks, plus a cash bar.

RSVP at Facebook

We’ve got a particularly awesome Providence Geeks this month.

Brown University’s Center for Computing and Visualization and its CS Department have generously invited us to come experience their brand new, one-of-a-kind virtual reality environment. They call it YURT — Yurt Ultimate Reality Theater — and it’s amazing. (For those of you that having been following Brown’s VR efforts, please note that YURT is an entirely separate project from the University’s older CAVE environment.)

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YURT isn’t just a set you strap onto your head. No, it’s room-sized, 100 million-pixel stereo display that completely surrounds you. With head and body-tracking, this immersive environment fully engages your visual senses for exploration and discovery in areas as diverse as planetary geology, mathematics, visual art, digital literature, and biology.

YURT Principal Investigator David Laidlaw and Project Manager Tom Sgouros will give an overview of YURT, and lead demos of this incredible system.


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WaterFire Providence – Full Lighting – June 13, 2015

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WaterFire will have a full lighting on Saturday, June 13th – Sunset: 8:21 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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Pride Flag Raising & Reception – June 5, 2015

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From Rhode Island Pride’s Facebook page:


Join Mayor Jorge Elorza and the City of Providence for the annual raising of the rainbow flag to officially kickoff the 2015 Rhode Island Pride season! The flag raising will take place at 5:30pm on the steps of the Providence City Hall.

Following the flag raising, there will be a FREE cheese fondue reception and cash bar at The Melting Pot at Providence Place from 6:15-7pm.

Be sure to stay for dinner! 25% of your total bill at the Melting Pot (food and drinks) will be donated to RI Pride!

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CNU New England streetcar discussion – June 10, 2015

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From CNU New England:


Streetcar Revival: Providence, New England, and lessons learned from the World’s Best Transit City

Wednesday, June 10 | 5pm – 7pm
Aurora, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI

Join CNU New England for a discussion of the Providence Streetcar project as well as insights from world-class transit systems. Our conversation will explore the potential impacts to Providence, the unique opportunities and challenges for streetcars in New England’s towns and cities, and lessons learned from cities across the world.

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PBN: Grace Episcopal undergoing exterior renovation

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Image from Google Street View

Encased on two sides by scaffolding, Grace Episcopal Church is undergoing a nearly $800,000 exterior renovation that will clean and restore its stonework.

In addition to cleaning and repairing the stone, and repointing the masonry, the renovation will repair and paint the metal roof, which has leaked for several years, according to the Rev. Jonathan Huyck.

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Financed through congregant contributions, it will be followed by a major capital campaign, the first undertaken by the church in 25 years. The plan is to expand into a new building, built over a portion of the adjoining parking lot owned by the church, he said.

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Providence Preservation Society Most Endangered Properties 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibit – May 28, 2015

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From PPS:


For 20 years, PPS has culled the annual Ten Most Endangered Properties with the help of concerned neighbors, advocates and preservationists. Each year, these properties have been captured visually by the photography of local artists, helping to tell the stories of these important sites.

Celebrate this milestone with us at a Retrospective Photo Exhibit, featuring 20 of Providence’s most significant preservation stories from the last two decades! Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and view Providence’s historical assets as captured by another of the city’s assets – its photographers.

Reception will be held in the Atrium at the Peerless Building. Thursday, May 28 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Funding for this free, public event is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders. This retrospective exhibit was also made possible with support from the June Rockwell Levy Foundation and Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. The exhibit space within the Peerless Building was generously donated by Cornish Associates.

For more information, go to ppsri.og/exhibit or contact Paul Wackrow at 401-831-7440 or pwackrow@ppsri.org.

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WaterFire Providence – Basin Lighting – May 29, 2015

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WaterFire will have a basin lighting on Friday, May 29th – Sunset: 8:12 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.

Basin lightings include the circle of twenty-two braziers in the Waterplace Park Basin and the twelve braziers leading up to the Providence Place Mall.
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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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