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UPDATED: Possible project at Parcel 12

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The so-called ‘triangle-parcel’ in Capital Center adjacent to Burnside Park could soon see a new development.

On the October 9th agenda of the Providence Redevelopment Authority is a:

Motion to approve lease with option to purchase Parcel 12 located at 5 Exchange Street, to First Bristol Corporation.

According to the Minutes of the PRA July 10th meeting , the lease would be for the construction of a hotel. First Bristol are the owners of the Hampton Inn & Suites on Weybosset Street.

The last proposed development on Parcel 12 was way back in 2006 when The Carpionato Group also proposed a hotel on the site. Let’s hope this one is a little less ugly.

Update: ProJo reports:

The company envisions a six-story building with 120 suites, with an estimated cost of $18 million to $20 million, Karam said.

First Bristol seems to be leaning toward an extended stay hotel concept.

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UPDATED: City Plan Commission Meeting – September 16, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from the August 19th meeting – for action
  • Director’s Report

City Council Referral

1. Referral 3382 – Petition to abandon a portion of Stanhope Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Stanhope Street adjacent to AP 97 Lot 12 to add to the area of the lot – for action (Charles)

The Orange Street abandonment has been removed from the CPC Agenda.

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Orange Street from Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View

2. Referral 3384 – Petition to abandon a portion of Orange Street – The applicant intends to abandon the portion of Orange Street located between Weybosset and Middle Street and between AP 20 lots 131 and 135 – for action (Downtown)

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – September 8, 2014

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Monday, September 8, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

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Image from Google Street View

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of July 14, 2014

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.16: 1 Chestnut Street (Beneficent House) – Public Hearing Proposal by Beneficent House to replace existing exterior signage on site with a new, consistent signage system. The applicant also requests a waiver from D-1 Regulations prohibiting freestanding signs. The proposal includes the installation of two new freestanding signs, one of which is replacing an existing freestanding sign.

Adjournment


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UPDATED: City Council to consider abandonment of a portion of Orange Street

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Orange Street from Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View

Update: September 8th, 2014

Word on the street is this abandonment is being requested to build a parking garage on the combined lots. Per updated zoning, the garage would require retail frontage on Weybosset Street.

The petition to the City Council was signed by William J. Piccerelli for Weybosset Orange LLC and Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. for 93 Weybosset, LLC.

I do not know if the City Council passed this, if they did, it would then go to the City Plan Commission for review and approval.


The portion of Orange Street sought to be abandoned is flanked by two surface parking lots and runs from Weybosset to Middle Street, the section between the buildings out to Westminster is not part of the abandonment.

29. Petition from Moses Afonso Ryan, 160 Westminster Street, Suite 400, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, requesting to abandon a portion of Orange Street between Weybosset Street and Middle Street.

If the City Council approves this, it will then go to the City Plan Commission for discussion and a vote. No information on what the requested abandonment is for.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – July 14, 2014

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Monday, July 14, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2014 and June 9, 2014

New Business

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159 Weybosset Street. Image from Google Street View.

1. DRC Application No. 14.13: 159 Weybosset Street Proposal to remove an egress door on the north elevation, create a new opening on the east elevation for a new egress door, and to construct a new handicap ramp on the property.

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Burnside Park. Image from Google Street View.

2. DRC Application No. 14.14 2 Kennedy Plaza (Burnside Park) Proposal to install a new pathway across the park, modify the existing fencing at new entry points, install new granite steps at the Burnside Statue, install lighting, and construct a new granite arch at the corner of Exchange Street and Exchange Terrace.

Adjournment


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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 9, 2014

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Monday, June 9, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. Pre-Application Review: 201 Washington Street (Majestic/Lederer Theater, now Trinity Repertory Theater) Proposal to install three (3) digital monitors on the roof of the building (northwest elevation). This item is for discussion only. No action will be taken by the DRC at this meeting.

2. DRC Application No. 14.10: 111 Mathewson Street (1930’s addition to Arnold Building) Proposal by Blake’s Tavern to create new wall openings and to install a new entrance and storefronts on the Mathewson Street elevation, and to reopen window openings and install new windows and a storefront window on the Maiden Lane elevation. Work also includes the installation of signage and an awning.

Adjournment


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ProJo: Procaccianti Group proposes extended-stay hotel for downtown Providence

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The ProJo reports that The Procaccianti Group (TPG) will announce tomorrow a proposal to tear down the Fogarty Building on Fountain Street to build an extended stay hotel:

The Procaccianti Group is expected to announce plans Tuesday to “build a premium-branded upscale extended-stay hotel” in Providence, right across the street from the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, on the site of what is now the John E. Fogarty Memorial Building.

Paul Sacco, chief development officer for PGI Hospitality, said the project “represents a $40-million private investment in Providence.”

TPG already has a 7-year old ‘temporary’ surface parking lot at the site of the Old Public Safety Complex just down the block.

See also:
Providence Business News: Procaccianti Group plans 170-room downtown hotel
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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – May 12, 2014

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Monday, May 12, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of April 14, 2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

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Image from Google Street View

1. DRC Application No. 14.8: 20 Westminster Street (Merchants Bank Building) Proposal to create ten (10) new wall openings for the installation of new windows on the east façade; and to create a new opening for the installation of a new a new egress door on the Jerry Street (alley) elevation of the building.

Adjournment


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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – April 14, 2014

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The George C. Arnold (“Narrow”) Building on Washington Street.

featured-drc Downtown Design Review Committee
Monday, April 14, 2014 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of March 10,2014
  • Annual Election of Vice Chair

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 14.4: 250 Westminster Street (Alice Building) Proposal by Cornish Associates to replace the existing window system with a new window system, and to install a new awning system on the Union Street elevation of the building.

2. DRC Application No. 14.5: 100 Washington Street (Arnold Building) Proposal by David Stem to restore the entire building, including the installation of new storefronts on the Washington Street elevation.

Adjournment


Full disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates.
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PBN: ‘Superman’ developer submits revised proposal for state aid

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The owner of the vacant “Superman Building” at 111 Westminster St. downtown Wednesday proposed a new $39 million package of state assistance to renovate the tower.

In its second attempt to gain state financing for a rehabilitation project, High Rock Development said it would seek legislation to create a 111 Westminster Historic Redevelopment Program and Revolving Fund to finance converting the office building into a mixed-use project with 280 apartments.

Full disclosure: I work for Cornish Associates who are consulting with the building’s owner, High Rock Development.
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Skating season at Providence Rink extended to March 23, 2014

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Photo (cc) Josh McGinn

Ice Skating Season at The Providence Rink at The Bank Of America City Center Extended Until Sunday March 23rd

PROVIDENCE – There’s good news and bad news about March weather. The bad news is that it looks like March temperatures will remain below normal for the rest of the month, delaying any spring-like weather for us. But there is good news! The unseasonably cold temperatures will allow the downtown Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center to extend its ice skating season through March 23rd, one week later than originally scheduled. The later closing means more time to make reservations for birthday parties, business or social group outings and private events on full ice. Dates for reservations are currently open. Also, our new penguin skate aids are available for kids who may need some help to stay steady on their skates. Join us for ice skating in the center of Downcity as the Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center marks the end of its 15th season.

Special Weekday Hours for Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21: 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23 hours: 11am to 10pm

Once the ice skating season draws to a close, The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center will transform into a premier event center from April to October. The Providence Rink is a perfect location to host all types of summer events, with over 14,000 square feet of space available in the heart of downtown. The versatile space can accommodate over 1000 guests for private events such as conferences and weddings and over 2000 guests for public events such as festivals and concerts. Open air, partially tented, or fully-tented, an event at the Providence Rink is a unique experience! Event applications are still being accepted for the upcoming 2014 summer and fall season.

For additional information on the ice skating and event center season, please visit ProvidenceRink.com or call 401.331.5544.

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ProJo: In Providence, moving bus shelters a first step toward new vision for downtown plaza

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The city is proposing to move the two “eastern-most shelters” to a sidewalk of vacant land owned by the Providence Redevelopment Agency, an arm of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, on Exchange Street. The triangle-shaped, grass area next to the downtown post office is bordered by Exchange Terrace, Exchange Street and Memorial Boulevard.

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PBN: Paolino purchases three properties downtown for $60M

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Image from Google Streetview

Paolino Properties has purchased a package of three high-profile properties in Providence’s Financial District for $60 million, the company announced Wednesday.

The acquisitions include the 20-story tower at 100 Westminster St., the five-story building next door at 30 Kennedy Plaza and the Weybosset Street Metropark lot across the street that features the propped-up façade of the former Providence National Bank Building.

The article goes into plans for the buildings and vacant parcel which all sound great, look at me, I’m all surprised over here. One wonders, and one is not just me people are talking, where the former Mayor is getting funds for all this. Wonders about funding instill fears about the viability of the proposed plans. Fingers crossed good things happen, would be very good for Kennedy Plaza as well as Westminster Street.

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Champlin Foundation grant to fund gateway project at Burnside Park

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From the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy:


$395,000 Champlin Foundations Grant Awarded to Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Kennedy Plaza Project

Funds will build a pedestrian gateway within Burnside Park

The Champlin Foundations recently granted $395,000 to the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC) and The Providence Foundation to create a pedestrian gateway within Burnside Park. This significant investment will fund a detailed design and reconstruction of the park’s northeast corner, which is a critical element of capital improvement in Greater Kennedy Plaza. An attractive new entrance by the Burnside statue and a corresponding footpath will encourage more varied, healthy activities in our downtown public spaces. By ensuring that the passageway remains safe, clean and well-lit, this project will allow travelers to easily walk through the park on their way from the train station to the RIPTA bus hub, strengthening this connection. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring, with completion expected in late summer 2014.

First proposed during a community charrette led by international placemaking experts at the Project for Public Spaces in 2008, this gateway improvement project is one of several transformative changes planned within Greater Kennedy Plaza next year. The city of Providence has committed $1.7 million from its downtown circulator project to reconfigure traffic patterns around the parks. With support from RIPTA, plans call for the relocation of bus berths to the outside of Kennedy Plaza to make way for a pedestrian plaza and market.

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Christmas tree lighting in Kennedy Plaza – December 7, 2013

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All the details on this Saturday’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony and other festivities from the City of Providence:


Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Families and residents are invited to kick-off the festive season of shopping and homecomings in the Capital City on Saturday, when Mayor Angel Taveras hosts the City of Providence’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Bank of America Skating Center. It will be emceed by Mayor Taveras and NBC 10’s Morning anchor, Barbara Morse Silva. Tony the Dancing Cop will be stationed at Washington Street and Dorrance Street at 5:30pm to welcome guests.

The ceremony will include performances by RPM Voices of Rhode Island featuring RPM Youth Voices, the Brown University Skating Band and the 4th and 5th grade chorus from the Lillian Feinstein at Sackett Street Elementary School. A figure skating demonstration by regional award winners will follow the ceremony, and Santa will be on the ice when public skating resumes.

Members of the Johnson & Wales University chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa will provide refreshments and sell ornaments to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Stanley Tree Service is donating crane service for the trees.

The event is sponsored by the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, the Providence Tourism Council, Whole Foods Market University Heights, Dave’s Coffee and Zipcar Providence.

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Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – December 9, 2013

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Monday, December 9, 2013 – 4:45pm
Department of Planning and Development, 1st Floor Conference Room 444 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

Opening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes of September 9, 2013 and October 7, 2013
  • Acceptance of 2014 DDRC Meeting Schedule

New Business

1. DRC Application No. 13.27: 75 Weybosset Street (Atlantic Bank Building) The applicant seeks approval for the installation of a painted wall sign for ‘Noon Design Shop’ on the west elevation of the building. (Violation Response)

2. DRC Application No. 13.31: 326 Westminster Street (Kinsley Building) – Public Hearing Proposal by Cornish Associates to restore the building, which includes exterior alterations and the installation of new storefronts. The building is being converted to residential/mixed?use. The applicant is also requesting a Development Incentive, specifically a Density Bonus, for an additional residential unit.

Adjournment


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