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PBN: State approves $8M for historic renovations across R.I.

The state Division of Taxation has approved nearly $8 million in state historic preservation tax credits to seven projects in several cities, including for works that will create new purposes for old industrial buildings.


This is quite a list of buildings, some pretty important to the streetscapes of the city. Let’s take a look at the ones in Providence:

Freedom City Properties LLC – 431 Harris Avenue, Providence

Image from the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

In Eagle Square, Freedom City Properties LLC is renovating the former American Brewing Co. building (better known as Capital Records Management) into artists workspaces, a theatre, and apartments.

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ProJo: R.I. state aid approved for planned Providence hotel

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Construction may begin this summer on an extended-stay hotel on a vacant, triangular lot in Providence’s Capital Center Commission district because the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation agreed Monday night to give the developer as much as $4.8 million in taxpayer assistance over 20 years.

The Commerce agency’s board of directors unanimously approved the incentive for a Homewood Suites by Hilton, with 120 suites at 5 Exchange St. This is the first project to take advantage of a new state-level Tax Increment Financing program proposed last year by the Raimondo administration and approved by legislators.

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – May 17, 2016

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The Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice

TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016 8:00 AM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of March 29, 2016 and April 5, 2016
  3. Parcels 10 and 13: Providence Place Mall
    Continued review of the proposed improvement plan for the Riverwalk entrance at the mall.
  4. Parcel 3S: One Citizens Plaza
    Proposal to install a new exterior door, stair and landing on the east side of the building.
  5. Adjournment
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 9, 2016

Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2016 4:45 PM
Doorley Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 14, 2016

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 16.10: One Empire Plaza – Public Hearing – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Roger Williams University, requesting a waiver from Zoning Ordinance Section 1607(H), Projecting Signs, which limits the number and square footage of projecting signs in the D?1 Zone. The applicant is seeking to install three internally illuminated projecting signs and one wall sign on the building at One Empire Plaza.

Adjournment

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All I know is somone wants to tear down buildings on Broadway and build a drive-thru CVS

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Former home of Empire Beauty School at Broadway and Dean on Federal Hill

I don’t actually know a whole lot about this, so it is hard to have too many opinions about it.

What I do know, is someone (presumably the property owner(s)) wants to tear down the 3-story office building at the corner of Broadway and Dean Streets along with the one-story building along Broadway next to it (currently the home of Hall’s on Broadway vintage store).

Then, someone wants to replace those buildings with a new multi-story mixed-use building with a CVS with a drive-thru on the ground floor.

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Silent Protest in support of RI Hospital SW Pavilion – March 22, 2016

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Photo by Warren Jagger for PPS

From the Providence Preservation Society:


Dear Preservation Backers:

We’re organizing a silent protest against the proposed demolition of Rhode Island Hospital’s Southwest Pavilion building. Please join us in wearing black clothing (to symbolize the void left if the Pavilion is lost) to the:

Zoning Board of Review Meeting
Tuesday, March 22
5:30 p.m.
Doorley Municipal Building – 444 Westminster Street

The more protesters, the greater the impact. Sign up here or by writing mwisniewski@ppsri.org; and spread the word to save our city’s history!

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Proposed building at 169 Canal Street

Developer Charles Tapalian is presenting plans for a new 10-story residential building at 169 Canal Street at the Downtown Design Review Committee meeting on March 14th.

The 10-story building would contain 144 studio and one-bedroom apartments with ground floor retail. It appears to be targeting the student market. As far as I can tell, the plan is for no on-site parking with ample bike parking provided within the building.

This is an informational meeting only, the DRC will be offering opinions on the proposal, but no approvals will be given. The developer is presenting two options for the new building. The architect is Jo Ann Bentley Architects of Fall River.

Option 1

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Elevation along Canal Street

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City Plan Commission Meeting – February 23, 2016

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The vacant former Store 24 building at 249 Thayer is proposed to be razed to allow for construction of a 4-story mixed-use building – Image from Google Streetview

Providence City Plan Commission Notice of Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 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 January 19 meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

Development Plan Review

1. DPR 2016-04 – 1081 Douglas Ave – The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing building and is requesting a design waiver from the transparency and fenestration requirements for front facades in the C-2 zone – for action (AP 78 Lots 441, 201and 189, Wanskuck)

Major Land Development Project
Public Information Meeting

2. Case No. 16-006MA – 249 Thayer Street – The applicant is proposing to demolish an existing building at 249 Thayer Street and construct a four story building providing for a mix of uses including a restaurant, commercial, and residential space. An extension of the sidewalk for provision of public space is also proposed. The applicant is seeking a dimensional adjustment from the 50 foot height limit in the C-2 zone, proposing a building height of 61 feet – for action (AP 13 Lot 49, College Hill)

Adjournment

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WPRI: Here are the 32 construction projects Mayor Elorza is touting for 2016

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Cranes used to construct the Waterplace towers in 2006

Dan McGowan put together a comprehensive list of developments planned for the city in the next year or so. As the past has shown though, we should be careful not to count our Vaporscapers before they’ve hatched.

From the massive life-sciences complex on the former I-195 land to a small expansion of a metal company near the port of Providence, Mayor Jorge Elorza says Rhode Island’s capital city will see between $500 million and $700 million in new construction in 2016.

In his State of the City address last week, Elorza said the city expects more than 30 “major construction projects” to break ground this year, part of a once-in-a-generation boom that could provide a significant boost to the city’s coffers through new tax and permitting revenue.

So where are these new projects located?

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111 Fountain Street hotel proposal

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Rendering looking west on Sabin Street

The Procaccianti Group is planning to raze the Fogarty Building at 111 Fountain Street to build a new extended stay hotel. Information below is from their submission to the Downtown Design Review Committee (DRC). This was scheduled to be presented to the DRC today, that meeting has been canceled due to the snow storm.


Project Information

Project Address: 111 Fountain Street
Project Description: 176 room Residence Inn hotel
Lot Size: 24,888 S.F. 0.571+/- Acres
Project Size: 127,500 GSF (includes tenant space)
Project Height: 101’-5 5/8” Top of roof structure – 9 Stories
Project F.A.R.: 5.12 (based on GSF)
Parking Spaces: 150 Parking spaces (at 1 Empire Site)
Architect: Group One Partners

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RESCHEDULED: Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – February 8, 2016

Today’s meeting has been rescheduled due to the snowstorm, it will take place Tuesday, February 16th at 4:45pm.
Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting
Monday, February 8, 2016 4:45 PM
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

drc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of January 11, 2016

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 15.30: 111 Fountain Street (Fogarty Building) – Continued review of the proposal by PRI XII LLC, to demolish the existing structure located at 111 Fountain Street, and to construct a new 9?story extended stay hotel on the site. 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 January 11, 2016 DRC meeting. The applicant is returning to the DRC for final design review.

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Scott Douglass: Why you should care about Brown’s surface parking lot

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Thayer Street in 1990. (cc) Will Hart

Scott Douglass is a South Coast Massachusetts native living and working in Providence. Currently collaborating with Boston based urban design and architecture company Principle Group LLC. Scott is an Alumnus of both the Providence Country Day School and the University of Miami School of Architecture.

It has become fashionable to bemoan the pacification of Thayer street in recent years. The Nostalgia that a gritty district known for variety stores and record shops engenders is impressive, although it speaks largely to the quality of the Urban fabric which allowed it to thrive. There are no Thayer streets popping up in shopping malls. in fact, Thayer street has remained a pleasant destination even as the grit and hipness has faded. Even in its more recent role as the food court for RISD and Brown, it has retained its fine grained collection of prewar shops and houses which have incubated the charm which made it a destination in the first place.

Recognizing that the greatest asset the Thayer Street area possesses is its character, it lays in the hands of the stewards of the community to protect and enhance this character over time.

This is not to say that Thayer Street must be as a fly in amber, in fact, many large developments fostered by Brown over the last 20 years have done an adequate job at tiptoeing around their context. In fact some buildings, like the Nelson Fitness Center, have improved upon their context and healed a wound on the edge of one of the largest unstructured parks in the East Side, Pembroke Field.

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Providence Preservation Society 2016 Most Endangered Properties List

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Atlantic Mills in Olneyville

From the Providence Preservation Society:


  • Atlantic Mills, 100 Manton Avenue (1863)
  • Bomes Theatre, 1017 Broad Street (1921)
  • Cranston Street Armory, 315 Cranston Street (1907)
  • Historic Jewelry District Buildings As exemplified by:
    Barstow Stove Company (known as Tops Electric Company), 120 Point Street (c. 1849)
    Ward Baking Company Administration Building, 145 Globe Street (1908-1956)
  • Historic Middle School Buildings As exemplified by:
    Gilbert Stuart Middle School, 188 Princeton Avenue (c. 1930)
    Roger Williams Middle School, 278 Thurbers Avenue (1932)
    Nathanael Greene Middle School, 721 Chalkstone Avenue (1929)
  • Historic Religious Buildings As exemplified by:
    Broad Street Synagogue, 688 Broad Street (1910)
    Congregation of the Sons of Jacob, 24 Douglas Avenue (1905-1912, 1920)
    United Presbyterian Church, 619 Chalkstone Avenue (1895)
  • Industrial Trust Building, 111 Westminster Street (1928)
  • Kendrick-Prentice-Tirocchi House, 514 Broadway (1867)
  • Meader Street School, 20 Almy Street (1891)
  • Rhode Island Hospital Southwest Pavilion, 593 Eddy Street (1900)
  • Sheffield Smith House, 334 Smith Street (1855)

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ProJo: Brown plans to knock down 7 College Hill buildings for new parking lot

Brown University intends to flatten half of a city block near Thayer Street in the College Hill neighborhood to create a commercial parking lot.

In an amendment to the school’s master plan filed with the Providence Planning Department, Brown officials wrote they want to raze seven multifamily houses that the school owns between Cushing Street, Meeting Street and Brook Street. The amendment document calls the two-unit buildings “unsightly.”


I’m just going to leave this collection of Google Streetview images Frank Mullin posted on Facebook right here.

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ProJo: Providence Design Review Committee OK’s demolition of Fogarty building

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The Downtown Design Review Committee unanimously approved a series of requests Monday that officially cleared the way for the Procaccianti Group Inc. to start tearing down the old John E. Fogarty Building on Fountain Street, possibly within three months.

Procaccianti Group Vice President Michael A. Voccola told the committee that the company expects to need between 45 and 60 days to knock down the concrete behemoth. If no unexpected delays occur, construction on an eight-story extended-stay hotel on the site could begin in early fall, the company said.


Emphasis mine.

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Capital Center Commission Meeting – January 13, 2016

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Capital Center Commission Meeting Notice
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 12:00 noon
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    2.1 Approval of Commission Meeting Minutes of September 9, 2015
    2.2 Acceptance of DRC Meeting Minutes of June 16, 2015, August 4, 2015, October 6, 2015, and November 3, 2015
  3. Acceptance of 2016 CCC Meeting Schedule
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Parcel 12: Public Hearing
    Application for Development and Deviations from the Development Review Regulations related to the construction of a new hotel building. The applicant will also be seeking variances from Section 604 of the Zoning Ordinance from the Zoning Board of Review.
  6. Parcel 12: Action
    Action on the Application for Development and Deviations from the Development Review Regulations related to the construction of a new hotel building, and on the request for variances from Section 604 of the Zoning Ordinance.
  7. Adjournment

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ProJo: Providence City Council OKs tax deal for hotel on Fountain Street

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Rendering of proposed extended stay hotel which would replace the Fogarty Building on Fountain Street.

On an 10-1 vote Thursday night, the City Council gave final approval for a tax-reduction agreement that will clear the way for the demolition of the vacant Fogarty Building on Fountain Street and its replacement with a $40-million high-rise hotel.

Once the mayor’s office signs off on the agreement with the hotel developer, Cranston-based Procaccianti Group, the company plans to apply for the needed permits to demolish the building, company spokesman Ralph V. Izzi Jr. said.

The company expects to begin tearing down the old social services office building within six to nine months of getting the permits, Izzi said, with hotel construction taking 12 to 18 months after that, he said.


I much prefered the ‘general hospital from the eighties‘ design they were proposing back in May of last year.

Also, how lame are we that we’re giving permission to someone who owns two surface parking lots a block away to tear down yet another building in our city?

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Capital Center Commission Design Review Committee Meeting – December 15, 2015

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Capital Center Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 • 8:00 am
Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building
444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Minutes
    Meetings of August 4, 2015, October 6, 2015 and November 3, 2015
  3. Acceptance of 2016 CCDRC Meeting Schedule
  4. Parcel 12
    Continued design review of plans for the construction of a new hotel on the property. (The DRC made a recommendation to the Capital Center Commission for the application for development and deviations, and to the Zoning Board of Review for zoning variances, at a public hearing held on November 3, 2015).
  5. Adjournment
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