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Edge College Hill 2, Take II

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Edge College Hill 2 made a presentation to the Downtown Design Review Committee (DRC) on January 8th for a 15-story building at 131 Canal Street. They returned to DRC on February 12th with an 11-story design.

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PBN: I-195 commission sets purchase price for Parcel 42 at $3.2M, Hope Point Tower project to move ahead

In 195 Relocation Project, Buildings by Jef Nickerson8 Comments

This action moves this project further along, but it is far from a done deal. The zoning approvals need to be made to reconfigure the lot and allow the height to go way beyond what is allowed by zoning. As far as the zoning is concerned, the 195 Commission is supposed to consider the City’s zoning, but can override it…

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Providence Preservation Society opposes demolition of 4 buildings by Brown University

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The Leonard M. Blodgett and the Edward J. Cushing Houses, photo from PPS An update to the Brown Institutional Master Plan submitted to the Providence City Plan Commission calls for the demolition of 4 historic buildings on the College Hill for the construction of a Performance Arts Center. The Providence Preservation Society opposes the demolition of the buildings. Press Release …

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – January 8, 2018

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Agenda Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of October 2, 2017 and November 6, 2017 DDRC 2018 Meeting Schedule Annual Election of Vice Chair New Business 1. DRC Application No. 17.46: 131 Canal Street (parking lot) – Public Hearing and Conceptual Design Review – The subject of the hearing will be an application by Steeple Street RI, LLC requesting …

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National Trust for Historic Preservation: Historic Tax Credit Eliminated

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“Our tax credits have made the preservation of our older buildings not only a matter of respect for beauty and history, but of economic good sense.” –President Ronald Reagan in 1984 Press Release from National Trust for Historic Preservation: Today the House Ways and Means Committee released a proposed tax reform bill that eliminates the federal historic tax credit (HTC) …

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Construction starts at Edge College Hill

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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 …

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RI Future: La Salle very interested in replacing Providence Water Supply Board building with parking lot

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Providence Water Supply Board building, image from Google Street View As the Providence Water Supply Board moves its administration and customer service offices to its new home at an industrial park off Huntington Ave, questions are being asked about the fate of the iconic building that will soon be empty at 552 Academy Avenue. Rumors were flying that La Salle …

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – August 7, 2017

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Opening 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 …

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Not the apartment for you

In Buildings by Seth Zeren7 Comments

If you go to public hearings on new development projects often enough, you’ll hear a familiar refrain—the apartments are too small, there’s no garden, too little parking, etc.—which boils down to: “I wouldn’t want to live there.” Well, guess what, not everyone wants to live where you do. Some people live alone, some people have big families; some people like …

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 10, 2017

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Agenda Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Meeting Minutes of June 12, 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 …