Saki’s?

In Developmentby Jef Nickerson10 Comments

Photo by Jef Nickerson Anyone know what is going on here at Saki’s on Weybosset Street? Way back in 2004, the owner of Saki’s, Dionisios P. “Dennis” Sampalis, was interviewed by the Journal about his plans to expand Saki’s to a full service restaurant and create 15 apartments above the restaurant (archived Journal article and discussion at UrbanPlanet). The oldest …

City Plan Commission Meeting (10/20)

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PROVIDENCE CITY PLAN COMMISSION NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2009 4:45 PM Department of Planning and Development, 4th Floor Auditorium 400 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 OPENING SESSION Call to Order Roll Call Approval of Meeting Minutes: September 15, 2009 DIRECTOR’S REPORT Discussion with Commission members to determine schedule and dates for presentation of future neighborhood plans. MINOR …

Smith Street Update

In Development, Retailby Matthew Coolidge14 Comments

Despite some tough economic times, there have been a lot of positive changes on Smith Street in the last year and in the last few months in particular. Smith Street is one of those streets that has amazing potential to be a great urban masterpiece with shops and services lining its curbs all the way to North Providence and great …

The Box Office

In Buildings, Developmentby Jef Nickerson5 Comments

Rendering from The Box Office When Puma City came to Boston I meant to post about it and say, “gee, wouldn’t it be cool to have something like that here?” But I never did and I guess I didn’t have to because soon we will have The Box Office. ProJo reports on today’s groundbreaking at 460 Harris Avenue. The building …

Putting those lots to use…

In Developmentby Matthew Coolidge8 Comments

Photo by TheMunkyHouse from flickr Not everyone is a fan of golf. Some argue that golf courses are a tremendous waste of land, use too much water and pesticide simply to grow too much grass. George Carlin once said “Think of the brains that it takes to play golf. Hitting a ball with crooked stick, and then walking after it. …

Hampton Inn Progress

In Buildings, Development, Downcityby Jef NickersonLeave a Comment

Hampton Inn & Streets on Weybosset Street. While of course I’m less than thrilled (to say the least) with Granoff for closing the Arcade, I must give credit where credit is due and say I’m really liking how the Hampton Inn & Suites on Weybosset Street is turning out. I’m loving that the structure with the arch in it hugs …

West River Center Complex United

In Buildings, Developmentby 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, Developmentby 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 Developmentby 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, 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 …

Public Works Committee to consider abandonment of part of Orange Street

In Development, Downcityby 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, Developmentby 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 Developmentby 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 …