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Downtown Design Review Committee Special Meeting – December 5, 2016

Downtown Design Review Committee
Notice of Special Meeting

Monday, December 5, 2016 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 8/15/16 and 11/7/16
  • 2017 DDRC Annual Meeting Schedule

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.30: 91 Chestnut Street (I?195 Redevelopment District Parcel 30) – Final design review of the proposal by Waldorf Capital Management, LLC to construct a new 6?story apartment building with ground floor retail. At its meeting on 11/7/16, the DRC recommended that the I?195 Redevelopment District Commission grant the requested waiver and conceptually approve the project.

2. DRC Application No. 16.34: 169 Canal Street (parking lot) – Proposal by Vision Properties to construct a new 13?story apartment building with ground floor retail.

See also: Greater City Providence: Proposed building at 169 Canal Street

3. DRC Application No. 16.35: 76 Dorrance Street (Case?Mead Building) – Proposal by Paolino Properties to conduct exterior alterations, as part of the conversion of the building to residential with ground floor retail.

Adjournment

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City announces free parking for local shopping for the holiday season, #ThinkPVD

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Photo from the Mayor’s Office

From the Mayor’s Office:


Mayor Elorza Relaunches #ThinkPVD Campaign, Free Holiday Parking for Shoppers

Mayor Jorge Elorza today joined local businesses representatives and community members to relaunch Providence’s #ThinkPVD campaign encouraging residents and visitors to “think, shop, and buy locally” in the City this holiday season.

“This Saturday as we celebrate Small Business Saturday nationwide – I encourage you to take advantage of the amazing local shops and restaurants we have here in Providence,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “As you shop this holiday season and throughout the year, I ask that you support our business community by continuing to #ThinkPVD when making all of your purchases.” This is the second year of the #ThinkPVD campaign which aims to build upon the success of Small Business Saturday by promoting celebration and support of the local economy.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 14, 2016

1-195 Redevelopment District Commission Public Notice of Meeting
A meeting of the 1-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016, beginning at 4:00 P.M., for the following purposes:

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Proposed Building at Parcel 30

195-roundI. Public Session

  1. Welcoming Remarks by Vice Chairperson Robert Davis.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on September 19, 2016.
  3. Report on the District’s Financial Audit by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Lasky and Commission Treasurer Elizabeth Huidekoper and Vote Regarding Acceptance of Audit.
  4. Presentation by Waldorf Capital Management, LLC (“Waldorf’) on the Phase II Application for the Proposed Development on Parcel 30.
  5. II. Executive Session (Providence Room)

    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) (disposition of public property).

  6. Review of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  7. III. Public Session

  8. Vote Regarding (a) Waldorf Level I and II Application for Parcel 30 and (b) Execution of Purchase Agreement for Parcel 30.
  9. Presentation by The Fane Organization (“Fane”) Regarding Proposed Development on Parcel 42.
  10. IV. Executive Session (Providence Room)

    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) (disposition of public property).

  11. Review of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property
  12. V. Public Session

  13. Discussion Regarding Fane Proposal.
  14. Chairperson’s Report/Agenda for next meeting on December 12, 2016 at 5:00 P.M.
  15. Vote to Adjourn.
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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 15, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 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 the October 18, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 16-042 MI – 25 Balton Road (Final Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot in the R-1A zone measuring 40,750 SF into five lots. Two of the lots will measure approximately 8,750 SF. The other lots will approximately measure 7,727 SF, 8,024 SF and 7,500 SF – for action (AP 93 Lot 347, Blackstone)

Minor Subdivision

2. Case No. 16-052 MI – 598 Kinsley Ave (Preliminary plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 3.1 acres into two lots measuring 5,265 SF and 134,986 SF – for action (AP 27 Lot 258, Valley)

Development Plan Review

3. EDUCATIONAL FACILITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN – LINCOLN SCHOOL – The applicant, Lincoln School, is requesting approval of a campus master plan that details development scheduled to occur around campus. The subject plan will focus on an addition to the science building, redevelopment of a residence for academic use and a revised parking configuration. The applicant has also submitted a parking and traffic study for the campus – for action (301 Butler Ave, Wayland)

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WPRI: Two young women struck by car in Dartmouth

walkinpvd-iconDartmouth police responded to the intersection of Old Westport Road at Cross Road around 6:19 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found two female pedestrians struck by a 2013 Audi.

Officials said the driver of the car, a 53-year-old Westport man, stayed in the immediate area after the crash.

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WPRI: 12-year-old struck by hit-and-run driver in Providence

walkinpvd-iconPolice say a 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Bridgham Street, in the area of Lester Street.

Investigators say the child was riding his bike when he was struck by a vehicle described as a silver or gold Nissan Altima.

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – November 9, 2016

Capital Center Commission Meeting
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 12:00 noon
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. 1. Roll Call
  2. 2. Minutes
    Meetings of June 15, 2016 and July 27, 2016
  3. 3. State Parking Study
    Presentation by Gerald Salzman of Desman Parking Specialists on the progress of the parking study.
  4. 4. Chairman’s Report
  5. 5. Adjournment
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Providence Preservation Society 2016 Symposium: Why Preserve? – November 3-4, 2016

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From the Providence Preservation Society:


PPS Announces 2016 Providence Symposium: Why Preserve?

Industrial Trust Building is setting for national conversation on why preservation matters to communities

The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 2016 Providence Symposium, Why Preserve?, November 3-4, 2016 at the Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street.

The annual Providence Symposium engages experts from across the nation as well as local stakeholders on topics critical to the future of Providence. In 1956, PPS inaugurated what became a national model for historic preservation. Sixty years later, PPS asks its founding question of a new generation: Why Preserve? The 2016 Symposium will launch a year of community-based conversations around these foundational preservation questions: Why do we preserve? What do we preserve? Who decides what we preserve – that is, who are “we”? What are the costs of preservation? Who bears them?

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2016 Rhode Island statewide ballot questions

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Below is information on the 7 statewide ballot questions which will be appearing on the November 8th ballot. All information from the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office.

Download the full Voter Information Handbook from the Secretary of State’s office

1. STATE CONSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL

Approval of an act authorizing state-operated casino gaming at “Twin River-Tiverton” in the Town of Tiverton
Section 22 of Article VI of the Constitution

Shall an act be approved which would authorize a facility owned by Twin River-Tiverton, LLC, located in the Town of Tiverton at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road, to be licensed as a pari-mutuel
facility and offer state-operated video-lottery games and state-operated casino gaming, such as table games?

Approve

Your vote to “Approve” this question means you want to allow a new state-operated casino, including video-lottery games and table games, to be built in Tiverton, at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road.

Reject

Your vote to “Reject” this question means you do not want to allow a new state-operated casino, including video-lottery games and table games, to be built in Tiverton, at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road.

Explanation and purpose of Question 1:

This question is asking voters to allow a new state-operated casino to be built in Tiverton at the intersection of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road. Approval will require that voters in Tiverton and throughout the State of Rhode Island vote in favor of building the casino. The casino would be owned by Twin River-Tiverton and would be licensed and regulated by the State.

The Twin River-Tiverton Casino would include video-lottery games and table games and replace what is currently Newport Grand.

This question is before the voters because the Rhode Island Constitution requires that voters approve any expansion of gambling. More specifically, Article VI, Section 22 of the Rhode Island Constitution provides that “no act expanding the types of gambling permitted within any city or town in the State of Rhode Island shall take effect until it has been approved by a majority of those electors voting in a statewide referendum and by the majority of those electors voting in a referendum in the municipality in which the proposed gambling would be allowed.”

How much money will be borrowed?

The referendum would not authorize any borrowing


2. AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE

Restoration of ethics commission jurisdiction over General Assembly members
Section 8 of Article III and Section 5 of Article VI of the Constitution

Section 8 of Article III of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Section 8. Ethics commission – Code of ethics. – The general assembly shall establish an independent non-partisan ethics commission which shall adopt a code of ethics including, but not limited to, provisions on conflicts of interest, confidential information, use of position, contracts with government agencies and financial disclosure. The assent of two-thirds (2/3) of the members appointed shall be required for the adoption for every rule or regulation. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state and local government, of boards, commissions and agencies shall be subject to the code of ethics. The ethics commission shall have the authority to investigate alleged violations of the code of ethics, including acts otherwise protected by Article VI, Section 5, and to impose penalties, as provided by law;. and the Any sanction issued against any party by the ethics commission shall be appealable to the judicial branch as provided by law. The commission shall have the power to remove from office officials who are not otherwise subject to impeachment, or expulsion as provided by Article VI, Section 7.

Section 5 of Article VI of the Constitution shall be amended to read as follows:

Section 5. Immunities of general assembly members. – The persons of all members of the general assembly shall be exempt from arrest and their estates from attachment in any civil action, during the session of the general assembly, and two days before the commencement and two days after the termination thereof, and all process served contrary hereto shall be void. For any speech in debate in either house, no member shall be questioned in any other place, except by the ethics commission as set forth in Article III, Section 8.

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ProJo: Construction starts on pedestrian bridge in Providence

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Rendering of the Providence River Pedestrian Bridge

Public officials gathered Thursday to celebrate the start of construction of the long-planned pedestrian bridge to connect former Route 195 parcels on either side of the Providence River. The bridge is expected to connect two future city parks to be built on former Route 195 land, connecting the city’s College Hill and Fox Point neighborhoods with downtown.

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News & Notes

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Residential parking. Photo (cc) Laura Bittner

The New York Times: Actually, Many ‘Inner Cities’ Are Doing Great

“Inner city,” in short, is imprecise in describing today’s urban reality. It captures neither the true geography of poverty or black America, nor the quality of life in many communities in central cities. But politically, its 1970s-era meaning lingers.


The Boston Globe: ‘Inner cities’ are a solution, not a problem

The current GOP presidential nominee talks about urban America in similarly apocalyptic terms. “Inner-city crime is reaching record levels,” he’s insisted, even though rates of violence in most cities have plunged over a generation. “You walk down the street, you get shot,” he said in Monday’s debate.

It’s not just Trump. The stereotype of “inner cities” as hopeless pits of chaos and despair still resonates with lots of anxious exurbanites who seldom venture downtown. It’s code language that pulls public policy in the wrong direction. It also draws attention away from the role that cities could play in making the entire economy stronger.


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City Plan Commission Meeting – October 18, 2016

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Rendering of Holiday Inn Express proposed for Pine Street.

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 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 the September 20, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 16-042 MI – 25 Balton Road – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot in the R-1A zone measuring 40,750 SF into five lots. Two of the lots will measure approximately 8,750 SF. The other lots will approximately measure 7,727 SF, 8,024 SF and 7,500 SF – for action (AP 93 Lot 347, Blackstone)

Major Land Development Project Public Hearing

2. Case No. 16-043MA – 148 West River Street – The applicant is requesting a major change/amendment to an approved plan. The CPC approved a two (2) story 12,000 SF addition and atrium to a medical office building in September 2016, which the applicant is proposing to alter to a three (3) story 17,000 SF atrium and addition. The property is zoned M-1 – for action (AP 100 Lots 15 and 49, Mt. Hope)

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RI Future: Spencer Grassie- Let’s reconnect Olneyville to the city’s urban fabric

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As a current Providence College Friar and a native Rhode Islander, I am passionate about our state and capital city. As a millennial, I want to ensure that future generations have the building blocks necessary to thrive and make a living right here in the Ocean State. That is why the ProJo Editorial board’s piece, “Smart decision on bridges” is short sighted. The idea of turning the decrepit 6/10 Connector into a surface boulevard is about much more than safety.

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City of Providence 6-10 Connector Draft Plan Release – October 3, 2016

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From the Department of Planning & Development Facebook page:


Please join us on Monday, October 3 at 6:00pm at 444 Westminster Street to review our draft plan for a better 6-10 Connector. The 6-10 Connector is an aging highway that cuts through several Providence neighborhoods and is slated for immediate replacement. Similar to the I-195 relocation, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest wisely, reconnect neighborhoods, and improve our city.

Over 250 community members attended a City-led public workshop on August 30th.

At the workshop, community members were asked to help identify goals for the project and to begin brainstorming about ideas to improve the area surrounding the 6-10 Connector. Click here to view photos of the ideas that community members presented at the event. Click here to view the presentation that was given by City staff at the meeting.

More information on Facebook

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City Plan Commission Meeting – September 20, 2016

Providence City Plan Commission, Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 20 2016 at 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 the August 16, 2016 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3407 – Rezoning of 10 Swift Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 10 Swift Street from R-2 to C-3. Continued from the August 16, 2016 meeting – for action (AP 77 Lot 301, Charles)

2. Referral 3408 – Rezoning of 349 Killingly Street and 42-50 Milo Street – The petitioner is requesting to rezone 349 Killingly Street, 42 and 50 Milo Street from R-1 to C-3 to accommodate a retail business – for action (AP 115 Lots 593, 594 and 595, Hartford)

3. Proposed Expansion of College Hill Historic District – The Providence Preservation Society will make a presentation on the historic character of the area proposed for inclusion within the College Hill Historic District. The proposed expansion roughly includes an area bounded by Power, Hope, Governor and Angell Streets. The CPC will vote on the eligibility of the area to be considered for inclusion within the historic district – for action

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