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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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City Plan Commission Meeting – April 25, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:45 PM
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

cpc-round

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from March 21, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Major Land Development Project – Public Hearing

1. Case No. 16-064MA Meeting Street School (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval for the first and second phases of the redevelopment of Meeting Street School. The applicant is proposing to construct extensions to the east, west and central wings of the main building at 1000 Eddy Street. This phase will also include redevelopment of the Challenger Field, development of the north parking lot and landscaping improvements along Seymour Street. The applicant is seeking a waiver from submission of state approvals at the preliminary plan stage – for action (AP 47 Lots 153, 542, 543, 548, 701, 780, 782, 784, 809, 810, 814, 833 AP 54 Lots 37, 39, 41, 42, 119, 120, Lower South Providence)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3415 – Changes to Zoning Ordinance – Changes to zoning ordinance including inclusion of regulations for unified development review, technical changes, outlining of fee schedule, changes to the lot merger provision, clarifications and map changes. Continued from the March 21 meeting – for action

Development Review Regulation – Public Hearing

3. Amendment of the City Plan Commission’s Development Review Regulations – The Commission will review the amendments to the Development review regulations which are being amended to allow for unified development review, to ensure consistency with the Zoning Ordinance and state law, to correct technical and clerical errors and adjust administrative fees – for action

Adjournment

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City Plan Commission Meeting – March 21, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 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 February 28, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report – Discussion of changes to development review regulations pertaining to unified development review

Development Plan Review

1. Case No. 2017-01 DPR – 67 Batcheller Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct a storage space facility on Batcheller Ave and is requesting a design waiver from the requirement that buildings in the C-3 zone provide at least 50% of transparency on the front façade – for action (AP 77 Lot 335, Charles)

Land Development Project Public Hearing

Rendering of proposed Glo Hotel at 322 Washington Street*

2. Case No. 16-017 MA – 322 Washington Street (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is seeking preliminary plan approval to construct a six story, 70 foot, 76 room hotel in the C-2 zone. The CPC granted dimensional adjustments for height, occupying the build to zone and from parking, at the master plan stage. The applicant has submitted detailed plans with a revised building design and information on drainage, circulation, lighting and signage. Continued from the February 28 meeting – for action (AP 25 Lots 244, 245, 412, 413, 414, Federal Hill)

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ABC 6: Taunton woman struck by plow truck

walkinpvd-iconA Taunton woman was struck by a plow truck Tuesday evening at approximately 10:26 p.m. in the area of 762 Bay Street.

The victim’s neighbor heard screams for help and found the woman in the roadway.

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Cynthia MacDonald, 63, sustained significant injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

The driver did not stop.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – February 13, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee – Notice of Special Meeting
Monday, February 13, 2017 – 4:45pm
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street
1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundAgenda

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Meeting Minutes of 11/7/16 and 12/5/16
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 17.03: 395 Westminster Street (Lyman Building) – Proposal by Empire Financial Group to install new operable windows and doors, ground floor retail space, Westminster and Empire Street elevations.

2. DRC Application No. 17.04: 11 Dorrance Street (Biltmore Hotel) – Proposal by AG-FINCOV Biltmore Owner LLC to remove existing storefront and install new overhead door, Washington Street elevation. The existing compactor on Eddy Street is to be removed.

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Providence 2017 State of the City Address

Image from the Mayor’s Twitter feed

Mayor Jorge Elorza delivered his 2017 State of the City Address on February 1st. Below is the text of the address from the Mayor’s Office:


Changing The Narrative About Providence

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Council President Aponte, Members of the City Council, Members of the General Assembly and fellow residents.

It’s been two years since I took office and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to represent the residents of this city as Mayor. I’ve had a chance to meet with residents from every corner of the city and from every walk of life. I’ve scheduled community conversations in every neighborhood and coffee hours in every ward. I’ve visited every school in the city and just about every park, field and court in Providence. I’ve visited scores of businesses and have attended as many events as can fit on a person’s schedule.

At every point, I’ve tried to interact, listen and learn from our friends and neighbors. And what I’ve learned throughout the past couple of years is what makes me more optimistic than ever about the potential we have here in Providence. I’ve learned that our residents’ commitment to Providence is second to none. The connection that we have to our individual neighborhoods is unlike anything you’ll see throughout the state. The kindness that I’ve seen towards others, convinces me that you won’t find a more compassionate group of residents anywhere else. And, the amazing work that’s done in our neighborhoods convinces me that when we’re working together, we’re capable of accomplishing anything.

Now, we’ve had challenges in the past and while it is important to understand the root of those challenges, it is far more important to find solutions. After all, we are elected and placed in these positions to move the city forward. Fellow residents, every decision that I have made has been with my eye towards 5 and 10 years into the future and I’ve focused not only on where we want to be and how to get there, but also on how we’re going to sustain it by doing it together.

Providence is a special city with no shortage of strengths that we have to build off of. But it is also fair to say, that we still have not fully unlocked the potential of our people and our institutions. You see, there are four key challenges (each decades in the making) that we must address to create the strong and sustainable future that our city deserves; and it is these four areas (Finances, Infrastructure, Schools, and City Services) that I’ve been focused on these past 2 years and that I need your continued help to address.

When I took office, we got to work to ensure that the city’s finances were healthy. And just as a doctor would treat a patient, we made sure that we stopped the bleeding first. At the end of fiscal year 15, the city faced a $13M cumulative deficit. Effectively, this is money that we owed on the city’s credit card. But with the support of the City Council, and by reforming the way we put the budget together, eliminating almost every one-time, short-term solution, renegotiating contracts, and keeping track of every cent that comes in and out, we ended the following fiscal year with the largest operating surplus in the city’s records. And, this means that we’ll be paying off the cumulative deficit three years sooner than anyone expected.

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