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WPRI: Police make arrest in connection with deadly hit-and-run

walkinpvd-iconPolice have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Monday night on Newport Avenue.

The suspect is Paul Newman, 53, of Jacksonville, Florida. He is being charged with leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting.

A witness was able to see the driver’s license plate before the vehicle fled the scene. Police said they were then able to trace the plate to a rental car. Newman had returned the first vehicle not long after the accident and rented another, authorities said.

Newman later turned himself in, not long after East Providence Police made contact with him.

The woman was crossing Newport Avenue at about 8 p.m. when she was hit by a red SUV, which then took off, police said.

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Capital Center Design Review Committee Meeting – August 22, 2017

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 8am
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of July 11, 2017 and July 25, 2017
  3. Waterplace Park
    Continued review of the proposal to construct a storage facility adjacent to the existing pavilion.
  4. Adjournment
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Construction starts at Edge College Hill

View from Memorial Blvd. at Washington St., 169 Canal at center.

Press Release from DBVW Architects:


DBVW Architects is working closely with Vision Properties on Edge College Hill, a new mixed-use residential project in downtown Providence at the base of College Hill. Located at 169 Canal Street, this new 15-story high-rise will include 202 micro-loft style apartments and first floor commercial space. Amenities for the residential units include a top floor common room and southwest facing terrace as well as a fitness center and first floor lobby/gathering space.

These modernly furnished apartments will primarily be marketed towards students. Features include over-sized windows, high-end finishes, 9′ 7″ ceilings, fully equipped kitchens and fold-down beds that tuck into contemporary cabinetry when not in use. Residents will be able to choose from views of the Providence skyline, historic College Hill, and the Rhode Island State House.

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WJAR: Woman struck, killed by garbage truck

walkinpvd-iconA pedestrian was struck and killed by a garbage truck in Providence Wednesday afternoon.

Police told NBC 10 News a 51-year-old woman was hit at the intersection of Hartford Avenue and Whelan Road around 1 p.m.

She was found lying on the ground just outside her home before being transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died. Investigators said she lived in an apartment building near the scene.

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Providence City Plan Commission Meeting – August 15, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 4:45pm
Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Proposed building at 1292 Westminster Street, 4th item on the Agenda. Rendering by ZDS.

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from July 18, 2017, regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 17-016MI – 13 Cushing Street (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot in the R-2 zone measuring approximately 10,577 SF into two lots measuring 5,102 SF and 5,475 SF. Continued from the July 18, 2017 CPC meeting – for action (AP 10 Lot 232, College Hill)

2. Case No. 17-032MI – 121 Rutherglen Ave (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 12,791 SF in the R-1 zone-which has an existing two family dwelling-into two lots measuring 6,531 SF and 6,260 SF. The applicant requires zoning relief for intensifying a nonconforming use by reducing the amount of lot area – for action (AP 61 Lot 320, Reservoir)

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WPRI: Pedestrian killed by alleged drunk driver in South Kingstown

walkinpvd-iconMary F. Kemp was on her nightly walk around her South Kingstown neighborhood Monday night when police say a drunk driver veered off the road, hitting and killing her.

Leslie Morales, 29, is facing charges of DUI death resulting, driving to endanger death resulting, and duty to stop at an accident resulting in personal injury/death.

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Kemp’s husband and daughter, still processing the news on Tuesday afternoon, said she walked the neighborhood daily, and was doing just that when she was killed.

Neighbors described her as a generous person, most known for her kindness and those daily walks.

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WPRI: Man charged after hit-and-run leaves pedestrian seriously hurt

walkinpvd-iconPolice say a man has been charged after he allegedly hit a pedestrian with his car near the intersection of Pulaski and Manchester Streets in West Warwick early Saturday morning.

Police say the victim, a West Warwick man in his 40’s, was seriously hurt and taken to Kent County Hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

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Police said they discovered a car with passenger-side damage and a broken windshield a short distance away from the scene. They took the driver, a West Warwick man in his 20’s, into custody. He now faces a felony charge of duty to stop in an accident resulting in personal injury or death, as well as multiple traffic violations.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – August 7, 2017

Downtown Design Review Committee Notice of Regular Meeting
Monday, August 7, 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 June 12, 2017 and July 10, 2017

New Business

1. 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 (continued from the July 10, 2017 DDRC meeting). The applicant has requested to continue the public hearing to the next DDRC meeting scheduled for September 11, 2017 at 4:45 PM.

2. DRC Application No. 17.27: 100 North Main Street (Elizabeth Building) – Proposal by Vision Properties to replace an existing storefront with a new storefront (east elevation), to remove brick infill and install a new storefront, and to remove a portion of fire escape (south elevation), and to infill (3) windows (north elevation).

3. DRC Application No. 17.35: 191 Washington Street (Majestic Garage) – Proposal by Greg Pennisten to install a permanent wall mural on the west elevation of the garage.

Adjornment

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City Plan Commission Meeting – July 18, 2017

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, July 18, 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 June 20, 2017 regular meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report – In memory of Commissioner Meredyth Church

Minor Subdivision

1. Case No. 17-016MI – 13 Cushing Street (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 10,577 SF into two lots measuring 5,002 SF and 5,575 SF. Continued from the June 20, 2017 meeting – for action (AP 10 Lot 232, College Hill)

2. Case No. 17-023MI – 1 Dorrance Plaza (Preliminary Plan) – The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 139,941 SF (3.2 acres) into two lots measuring 65,020 SF and 66,390 SF – for action (AP 20 Lot 264, Downtown)

City Council Referral

3. Referral – Amendment to Section 1919 of the zoning ordinance – Petition to amend Section 1919 of the zoning ordinance to require approval of the City Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Review to change the use of a first floor to a residential use in the Atwells, Broadway and Westminster Commercial Corridors – for action

Unified Development Review

4. Discussion of changes to the zoning ordinance – Discussion of procedures to administer Unified Development Review for land development projects as detailed in the revised Zoning Ordinance and Development Review Regulations – for discussion

Adjournment

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Intermodal Center on Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Agenda – July 11, 2017

Design Review Committee of the Capital Center Commission Special Meeting Notice
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – 8am
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

ccc-roundAgenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Waterplace Park
    Proposal to erect a storage facility adjacent to the existing pavilion.
  3. Providence Intermodal Transportation Center
    Proposal for a new transportation facility in Capital Center. For discussion only.
  4. Adjournment
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2017 Providence 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Image from Department of Arts, Culture, + Tourism by Michael Christofaro

The City of Providence will celebrate with fireworks, food, music, and more at India Point Park on July 4th. Details from the Department of Arts, Culture, + Tourism:


Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Tourism Council are pleased to announce the City’s annual Independence Day Celebration will be held at India Point Park on Tuesday, July 4th 2017 beginning at 7PM. The event will feature family fun, a bike parade and valet, live entertainment and a fireworks display. This event is free and open to the public.

“The City’s 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 at this family-friendly, free event and our signature fireworks display.”

Public Safety Plan

The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism works closely with our public safety agencies to ensure each event is a fun and secure experience. Please take note of the items below:

  • Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle in the park, please report the sighting to (401) 272-3121 or notify nearby law enforcement personnel.
  • Do not store or leave any personal items, backpacks, or packages unattended in the park.
  • Bags may be subject to random search.
  • No fireworks of any kind are allowed in the park.
  • No open flames of any kind are allowed in the park.
  • Per the regulations of the Providence Parks Commission, dogs, skateboards and open flames/grilling will be prohibited in the park.
  • Expect delays when leaving after the fireworks.
  • The public is strongly encouraged to access the park by the India Point Park Walking Bridge located at East and Wickenden Streets.

The City will also be observing the following traffic plan to ensure easy access in and out of India Point Park on July 4:

  • India St., from Newport Ferry landing to the I-195 East off-ramp, will be closed for City of Providence 4th of July activities on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 am through Midnight.
  • Exit 2 (India St./Gano St.) off of I-195 East will be closed for City of Providence 4th of July activities on Tuesday, July 4 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Please follow signed detour.
  • Parking will also be prohibited from 5 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday, July 4.
  • No stopping will be allowed on Route 95 or Route 195. The Rhode Island State Police will be posted on the highway.
  • Passengers on the Providence-Newport ferry should allow additional time for parking. Ferry customers must access the landing area from South Main Street. Check their website for more information about this service.
  • Boats are permitted in the Bay but safety regulations will be strictly enforced, including requiring navigational lights, life jackets, and a 200 yard security zone around the fireworks barge. For more information on boat safety laws, please visit: uscgboating.org.
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WPRI: Suspect pleads not guilty in Pawtucket crash that injured boy

walkinpvd-iconThe suspect in a Pawtucket crash pleaded not guilty after police say her car struck a boy and crashed into a Newport Avenue building on June 13.

Olayemi Mayowa, 61, pleaded not guilty to reckless driving and other offenses to public safety in District Court Thursday. The charge is a misdemeanor and Mayowa was released on personal recognizance.

‘It wasn’t me your honor, it was my car.’

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

Image from ZDS

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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