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ProJo: 195 Commission agrees to deal on $50-million, 500-bed student housing development

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Image from 195 District Parcel 28 – Google Streetview

The I-195 Redevelopment District Commission voted behind closed doors Monday to sign a purchase and sale agreement with a Texas development firm that specializes in privatized student housing to build a $50-million, six-story housing development that will accommodate 500 renters on the west side of the Providence River.

Kane said the commission authorized him to sign the purchase and sale agreement, which will be a binding document requiring the firm to break ground by August 2015. Brodie said the firm expects to open its doors Sept. 1, 2017, ready for people to move into its rental units.


First, yes, it is going to be great to get something built on the 195 Land, and work is projected to begin next summer. With 20,000 square feet of retail space, this project should be able to provide some badly needed retail services to the Jewelry District neighborhood. And having 500 units of housing dropped from the sky has the potential to really have a positive impact on the neighborhood.

However, as the commenters at ProJo said, this deal literally took place behind closed doors. However, people involved in development and real estate all seemed to know this deal was coming, it was just the general public that may be surprised to hear about this this morning. So, if the people most involved in the process, pretty much know what is going on through industry chatter, where’s the need for the secrecy? I know there is a degree of discretion needed to complete a real estate deal, but the Commission really needs to do something about the perception that these Executive Sessions send to the public.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 17, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, November 17, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commision Public Session Meeting Held on October 20, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month.
  4. Presentation by Attorney General’s Office regarding Open Meetings Law: L isa Pinsonneault.
  5. Legal Issues Subcommittee recommendation regarding proposed Rules and Regulations: case demonstration of Permit Mapping by Fuss & O’Neil, and summary of Rules and Regulations by The Law Office of William Conley. Vote regarding adoption of Rules and Regulations as presented.
  6. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may beconsidered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specificaly matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  7. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Executive Session Meeting Held on October 20,2014.
  8. Review of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property. Vote regarding execution of purchase agreement for District parcel.
  9. III. Public Session

  10. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities / Tentative Agenda for December 15,2014 Meeting.
  11. Vote to Adjourn.

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ProJo: Symposium offers wish list of ideas to spur development of Route 195 land

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Photo from RIDOT

Jan A. Brodie expects there’ll be a groundbreaking in 2015 on the vacant former highway land in the heart of the capital city, but she unveiled a holiday wish list Friday afternoon for what she thinks would push forward pending development projects.

Brodie, executive director of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, would like no sales tax and no corporate taxes for projects built on the nearly 19 acres available for development after the state’s highway-relocation project. She’d like an “institutionalized, predictable” tax-stabilization agreement for city property taxes that would last at least 15 years, she told about 60 people gathered for the final session of the Providence Preservation Society’s year-long symposium, “Building the New Urban Experience.”

No one on the panel supported Chapel View as a vision for what should be done on the 195 land. Thank goodness.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting – November 5, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, beginning at 11:30am, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Approval of the Public Session Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on October 15, 2014.
  2. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on September 30, 2014.
  4. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on October 15, 2014.
  5. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  6. III. Public Session

  7. Discuss and approve Rules and Regulations, including Permitting Mapping matrix as prepared by Conley Law Office and Fuss & O’Neill.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting – October 27, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission Legal Issues Subcommittee will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2014, beginning at 10:30am, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Approval of the Public Session Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on October 15, 2014.
  2. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specificaly matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5)(acquisition and disposition of public property).

  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on September 30, 2014.
  4. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on October 15, 2014.
  5. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  6. III. Public Session

  7. Vote to Adjourn.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – October 20, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Public Session Meeting Held on September 15, 2014.
  3. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Public Session Meeting Held on October 8, 2014.
  4. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period September – December 2014.
  5. Update and Presentation from Parks Design Subcommittee.
  6. Summary and Recommendation by the Legal Issues Subcommittee Regarding the City of Providence Revised Zoning Ordinance.
  7. Summary and Recommendation by the Legal Issues Subcommittee Regarding the revised Rules and Regulations by The Law Office of William Conley, including Permit Mapping by Fuss & O’Neill.
  8. Review of Proposed Schedule for 2015 Commission Meetings and Vote.
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195 Redevelopment District Commission Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting – October 15, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on Wedensday, October 15, 2014, beginning at 4:45pm, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Approval of the Public Session Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on September 30, 2014.
  2. Review and discussion regarding the revised City of Providence Zoning Ordinance.
  3. Review and recommendation on revised Rules and Regulations, incorporating Permitting Mapping.
  4. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  5. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee meeting held on September 30, 2014.
  6. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  7. III. Public Session

  8. Vote to Adjourn.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – October 8, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014, beginning at 4 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval by the Members of the Parks Design Subcommittee of the Minutes of the Parks Design Subcommittee Meeting held on September 12, 2014.
  3. Approval by the Members of the Legal Issues Subcommittee of the Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee Public Meeting held on September 24, 2014.
  4. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  5. Approval by the Members of the Legal Issues Subcommittee of the Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee Executive Session Meeting held on September 24, 2014.
  6. Update from the Legal Issues Subcommittee of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  7. III. Public Session

  8. Vote to Adjourn.

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PBN: Long-planned pedestrian bridge closer to reality

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The original winning design scheme for the Providence River Bridge.

The first permanent structure to rise from Providence’s Interstate 195 lands almost certainly won’t be a new office or apartment building, but the long-planned pedestrian bridge crossing the Providence River.

After four years of planning, the 330-foot-long arc connecting new parks planned for both sides of the river is now nearly ready for bids from construction contractors.

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“We are at 30 percent design and on schedule for the project to be bid out by the end of this year,” Bonnie Nickerson, Providence director of long-range planning, said last week. “The details being worked out now are very technical, such as levels of lighting. The structural elements and design decisions have been made and those are solid.”

The Providence Planning Department is having a public informational meeting about the bridge today (Sept. 29th) at 5pm.
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195 Redevelopment District Commission Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting – September 24, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014, beginning at 2 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Approval of the Public Session Minutes of the Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting held on August 20, 2014.
  2. Rules and Regulations for Permitting Approval – update and review.
  3. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  4. Approval of the Minutes of the Executive Session of the Legal Issues Subcommittee Meeting held on August 20, 2014.
  5. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  6. III. Public Session

  7. Vote to Adjourn.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – September 15, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, September 15, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on August 18, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period September – December 2014.
  4. Presentation of District Audit by LGCD, District Auditor, and Vote Regarding Acceptance of Audit.
  5. Update from Jones Lang LaSalle on Market Conditions and Strategies for October 15, 2014 RFI Submission Date.
  6. Update from DOT Director Lewis on Work Progress on I-195 Surplus Land.
  7. Discussion and Review of Draft Parks Maintenance and Management Budget.
  8. Discussion and Vote on Allocation of Funds from the EPA Grant to the District.
  9. Update from Counsel Regarding District Permitting Process and Legal Issues Subcommittee.
  10. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  11. Review of Status of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  12. III. Public Session

  13. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for October 20, 2014 Meeting.
  14. Vote to Adjourn.

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I-195 Redevelopment District Commission – Parks Design Subcommittee Meeting – September 12, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission – Parks Design Subcommittee will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on Friday, September 12, 2014, beginning at 1:30 P.M., for the following purposes
The time for this meeting has been changed to 2:30pm

Public Session

  • I-195 Redevelopment Commission: Commissioners Barbara Hunger, John Kelly, Diana Johnson
  • Jan Brodie, Executive Director
  • Department of Transportation: Lambri Zerva
  • Architects and Engineers: David Freeman, CDR Maguire

Call to Order

  1. Approval of the Minutes of the Parks Design Subcommittee Meeting held on August 19, 2014.
  2. West Side Park: Pavilion – Bathrooms – separate or within single structure, number
    – Further discussion concerning storage and concession
    – Write up a Program of Uses
    – Discussion of contracting for additional scope for alternate designs
  3. Response to Public Comment from August 19, 2014 meeting, including water access
  4. Connections to CityWALK, bicycle lanes, WaterFire, River Walk in connection with South Street Landing
  5. Vote to Adjourn.

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PBN: JWU reveals $40M academic building plan for Jewelry District

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Johnson & Wales University Monday unveiled plans for a new $40 million academic building on former Interstate 195 land in Providence’s Jewelry District.

The building will sit at the corner of Friendship and Chestnut Streets and serve the university’s School of Engineering and Design and College of Arts and Sciences, Johnson & Wales said in a news release.

Very exciting! This will also free up their building at the corner of Westminster and Mathewson for other uses.

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PBN: Third I-195 land proposal moves forward; for East Side land

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The proposal, from Baccari’s Royal Oaks Realty LLC, includes apartments, offices and a ground floor “retail/food operation” on Parcel 8, which stretches between Pike Street and Tockwotton Street in Fox Point, he said in an email.

195 Commission Page on Parcel 8.
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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meetings – August 18, 19, & 20, 2014

featured-195commission A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, Rhode Island, on MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014, beginning at 5:00pm, for the following purposes

I. Public Session

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on July 21, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period August – December 2014.
  4. Update Regarding the Request by Mr. Stephen Beranbaum for Use of a Portion of Parcel 28 for Parking and Vote.
  5. Update from Counsel Regarding District Permitting Process; Discussion Regarding Creation of Legal Issues Subcommittee; Vote Regarding Creation of Legal Issues Subcommittee and Designation of Members.
  6. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 4264665(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  7. Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property; Vote to Proceed with/Reject Proposals.
  8. III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for September 15, 2014 Meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.

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