West River Center Complex United

In Buildings, Development by Bret Ancowitz1 Comment

The redeveloped West River Center, formerly the Rhode Island Tool Mill, is home to diverse number of tenants, ranging from the Secretary of State’s office, to a restaurant (the West River Cafe), to the medical practice where I happen to work. The complex has always been a bit odd to look at. The 75% of the complex above at 148 …

They’ll need a crane

In Buildings, Development by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

The economy may be souring, but there are still a few projects underway in Providence. Monday I hit the streets and took some photos of three of them, the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters in Capital Center, the Capitol Cove project also in Capital Center, and the Hampton Inn project at the St. Francis Chapel on Weybosset Street. First …

Greater City Providence Position on Vista Della Torre Zoning Hearing

In Development by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30pm the Zoning Board of Review will hear a petition on variance for the project known as Vista Della Torre on Federal Hill. TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP AND THE PROVIDENCE HOUSING AUTHORITY, PROPERTY OWNERS AND TALON REALTY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, APPLICANT: 21 & 32 Federal Street at Bradford Street. The applicant is requesting relief from …

Demolition = Hotel Sierra

In Buildings, Development, Downcity by 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 …

Public Works Committee to consider abandonment of part of Orange Street

In Development, Downcity by Aaron Masri1 Comment

Aerial image from LiveLocal There is a petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street in Downtown which is on the agenda for the February 11, 2008 Providence City Council Committee on Public Works meeting. 2. Petition from Aram Garabedian, Manager, One Financial Center Plaza, LLC, 235 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, requesting to abandon a portion of Orange …

aka The Tower of Terror II

In Buildings, Development by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Photo of Newport Collaborative rendering by Jef Nickerson for gcpvd.org 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 …

Bradford Street safe, for now.

In Development by Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

Image from Google Maps Tonight the Providence City Council did the right thing and voted to send the resolution to abandon a portion of Bradford Street back to committee, meaning it will return to the Planning Department and City Plan Commission for review, as it should have all along. Earlier in the evening, the Public Works Committee of the City …