Paved paradise?

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View Larger Map Acorn Street at Spruce Street, Federal Hill I was walking down Spruce Street last night in the rain to go to the new Walgreens at 333 Atwells to buy some ice cream, when I realized something was missing on Spruce Street. Remember that social club behind Tony’s Colonial? Well it’s gone. No not closed, gone, the whole …

Demolition = Hotel Sierra

In Buildings, Development, Downcityby Jef Nickerson6 Comments

Demolition started today at the future site of the Hotel Sierra on Washington Street. Here we go again, more demolition. This building at Washington and Beverly is known (depending on your dining/drinking habits) as the place where Cuban Revolution/Talk of the Town/New Japan used to be. This time though, we’re not terribly upset. If we had our druthers would we …

aka The Tower of Terror II

In Buildings, Developmentby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for Last Tuesday the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a request by Cranston developer Frank Zammiello to receive an underground easement below a portion of Bradford Street in order to build a condo project dubbed, Vista Della Torre. At the same meeting the Public Works Committee was unable to reach …

Ugh, Grove Street School

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

I don’t even want to talk about it. Just go here to read the Journal article. Related: Greater City Providence: Grove Street School partial demolition Greater City Providence: A short history of the Grove Street School Greater City Providence: Fire at Grove Street School ArtInRuins: Grove Street School UrbanPlanet: Grove Street School Illegal Demolition

Yes, you can haz demo permit

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson2 Comments

From ProJo 7to7 Daily News Blog Judge says developer can demolish historic food terminal PROVIDENCE – A judge has ruled that Carpionato Properties can knock down the food and produce terminal on Harris Avenue, denying an attempt by state lawyers to stop the demolition. The Johnston developer had obtained a demolition permit last week from the Providence Building Official, allowing …

Fruit and Produce safety hazard

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson8 Comments

Read today’s article from The Providence Journal and prepare for your brain to explode. Some choice nuggets from the article: Carpionato had agreed to buy the warehouse from the state for $4.3 million in 2005, a price $10 million below what the state paid for it only seven years before. State officials and preservation advocates say that Carpionato was allowed …

Building Providence

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Street View is fun, let’s look at some of what Street View caught Providence building: RISD Chace Center View Larger Map Capitol Cove View Larger Map Waterplace View Larger Map Renaissance Providence Hotel | Masonic Temple View Larger Map The Residences at the Westin Providence View Larger Map

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Paved paradise…

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson6 Comments

WBNA and CHNA lost their appeal today to keep the Old Public Safety Complex from being demolished, and not more than half an hour after the verdict was reached, the wrecking ball went to work, ProJo has the story here. While The Procaccianti Group does have a proposal to build a new structure at this location (dubbed the Empire at …

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Comment on the Old Public Safety Complex

In Buildings, Downcityby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Workers removing decorative facade elements from the Old Public Safety Complex on July 12, 2007. Dear Members of the Providence ZBR: Greater City Providence writes today to vigorously oppose The Procaccianti Group’s application before you, requesting a use variance to turn this potentially salvageable historic building into a temporary parking lot. Putting aside a moment conflicting reports of how damaged …

East Side graffiti clean-up results

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Saturday the 14th The College Hill Neighborhood Association, the District 9 Providence Police, the Providence Preservation Society, the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force, and Councilmen Cliff Wood and Seth Yurdin sponsored a graffiti clean-up on the East Side. Approximately 40 volunteers showed up to clean signs, paint mailboxes, sign-posts, alarm pulls, and buildings, and the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force van power …

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Fire at Grove Street School

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[box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: Sources state that the City has required the building’s owner, Michael Tarro “secure” the building within 7 days.[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: The Providence Journal: Arson unit investigating blaze at old school[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/17: The following photos were forwarded to me by the WBNA[/alert] From the Providence Journal: July 17, 2007 Update: Fire at former Grove St. …

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DRC to review Fogarty Building demo – Monday, July 9, 2007

In Buildings, Downcityby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Rendering of 111 Fountain Street from The Procaccianti Group Tomorrow (Monday, July 9th), the Downcity Design Review Committee will consider a proposal by The Procaccianti Group (TPG) to demolish the Fogarty Building, located at 111 Fountain Street, Downtown. If the DRC grants the preliminary approval for demolition, the DRC will then review plans for the building proposed to replace it. …

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A short history of the Grove Street School

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Grove Street School, in the middle of Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood, one of many small neighborhood schools was built at the turn of the Century and was in use until sometime in the late 70s, early 80s. The City, in an effort to divest itself of these small schools (in desperate need of repair after years of deferred maintenance) in …

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Grove Street School partial demolition

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Another week another illegal demolition in Greater Providence… Contractors showed up at the site of the Grove Street School early yesterday morning and began an illegal demolition. Neighbors alerted the authorities and the demolition was halted. Currently a Providence Police detail is guarding the building. More commentary later, but for now here are some photos of the site.

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Pawtucket train station update

In Buildings, Pawtucket-Central Falls Station, Transportationby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

A couple recent newspaper articles about the future of the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station: Interesting development regarding Amtrak, from The Journal article: The city claimed its position got a boost last week when officials from Amtrak, which runs the railroad lines that pass through the station, wrote Seelbinder to assert what Amtrak says are its rights to review and approve …

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Greater City Providence agrees with DRC decision to postpone approval of demolition

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Last night the Downcity District Design Review Committee met to review applications by The Procaccianti Group of Cranston to demolish two Downcity buildings. The buildings in question being 111 Fountain Street (the Fogarty Building) and 197 Fountain Street (the Old Public Safety Building). The committee postponed ruling on the demolitions until the designs for new buildings at these locations are …