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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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→ ProJo: Hotel among three projects rejected by Route 195 land commission

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The developer preparing to renovate the old South Street Power Station near Davol Square into nursing schools, university offices and apartments proposed buying a nearby parcel of former Route 195 land for as much as $2.25 million to build a 150-room hotel, potentially a Starwood Hotels property.

But the bid by CV Properties, which has offices in Southport, Conn., and Boston, is among three proposals rejected by the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, which released the proposals to The Providence Journal in response to a request for records.

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→ ProJo: R.I. convention authority to fund parking garage construction behind Garrahy courthouse

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The R.I. Convention Center Authority said Tuesday it will put up the $43 million needed to build a parking garage adjacent to the Garrahy Judicial Complex on Dorrance Street in downtown Providence.

“The transformation of the current surface parking lot represents a unique opportunity to addres current parking capacity deficiencies and provide a mechanism to promote economic development,” said James Bennett, the convention center authority’s chairman.

Bennett also serves as economic development chief for the City of Providence.


No word on a possible RIPTA hub in the article.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – August 4, 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 4, 2014, beginning at 4:30 P.M., for the following purposes

Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of Meeting of July 23, 2014.
  2. Executive Director Remarks.
  3. East Side Park:
    Historic markers, walkways, furniture, lighting, “come upon” features.
    Riverwalls: finish materials, infrastructure.
  4. West Side Park:
    Water Feature, for Ship Street Triangle, or other location.
    Park furniture, art, finish materials, lighting, walkways.
  5. Vote to Adjourn.

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→ PBN: I-195 commission hears two more pitches, ‘moving ahead’ on 2 others

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The Interstate 195 Redevelopment Commission Monday heard presentations from two developers with plans for the east side of the former highway land.

Royal Oaks LLC, a group led by Richard Baccari II, vice president of Providence-based Churchill & Banks, is pitching a project south of Wickenden Street, adjacent to existing Churchill & Banks properties in the Fox Point neighborhood.

After Royal Oaks, Carpionato Group of Johnston was slated to present its plan for the Connection at College Hill, an 850,000-square-foot apartment, retail, hotel and pharmaceutical research complex on nearly 6 acres and multiple parcels stretching across Wickenden.

The Carpionato Group proposal has been discussed before here.

Also see in the PBN article, the two developers who presented to the 195 Commission at the last meeting do not plan to construct any parking for their projects.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meetings – July 21 and 23, 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, JULY 21, 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 June 16, 2014 and June 30, 2014.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities During Past Month and Business Plan for the Period July – December 2014.
  4. Discussion 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.
  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 42-46-5(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.
  8. III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for August 18, 2014 Meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.

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, JULY 23, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

Call to Order

  1. Review and Approve Minutes of Meeting of July 9, 2014.
  2. East Side Park: Conceptual Discussion of overall impact and design.
    Fixed Attractions: historic markers, walkways, furniture, art, play.
    Materials and Plan.
  3. Connections to CityWALK, Harbor Walk parks, Point Street bridge, bicycle lanes.

  4. West Side Park: Conceptual Discussion of overall impact and design.
    Fixed Attractions: Water Feature, for Ship Street Triangle; furniture, art, play.
  5. Built Structure(s): program of uses, “look and feel.”

    Flexible Program Spaces: performances, seasonal sales, pushcarts, art, music, theater, temporary installations.

    Community involvement: school children, Children’s Museum, public water access.

    Connections to CityWALK, bicycles lanes, River Walk existing infrastructure and in connection with South Street Landing.

  6. Schedule and timeline in connection with DOT’s I-195 overall schedule.
  7. Vote to Adjourn.

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GC: Photos

Flickr totally changed the sharing function on their website, and frankly it sucks and causes me to have to rewrite a bunch of code to properly share people’s photos, and a bunch of great photographers who share in our group have changed their share settings; so I haven’t done a GC: Photos post in quite a while. But there’s some really great stuff in there, so I suffered through it. Some of these photos go back a while, hence the snow:

Photo © Donna St.Pierre

Photo © Anthony Nathan Photography

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – July 9, 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, JULY 9, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

Public Session

Call to Order

  1. Pavilion: Discussion and Recommendations for Program of Uses for the built structure in the West Side Park and Proposed Design of the structure.
  2. East Side Park: Discussion and Recommendations for Interactive Features and Overall Proposed Design.
  3. West Park and Pedestrian Bridge: Discussion and Recommendations for Design Plans.
  4. Water Feature: West Side Park water feature options for Ship Street Triangle.
  5. Historic Markers: Discussion and Recommendations for design of inset Historic Markers at key locations in the District.
  6. Vote to Adjourn.

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→ ProJo: Route 195 panel seeks more park designs for former highway land in Providence

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Landscape architects and designers offered plenty of images to the Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday night of what the public parks on the now-vacant former highway land might become, noting at times that they’ve made some changes over the last 8-1/2 months to reduce the cost to build the parks.

But as the commissioners viewed designs, they pushed back, saying they’d like to see other proposals before plans are finalized and questioned whether designers might develop other possibilities for a proposed pavilion. Commissioners debated whether designs should include public restrooms.

[Commissioner Mark T.] Ryan stressed it would be foolish to do more design work if the commission doesn’t like that design.

“I don’t like it,” commissioner John M. Kelly said.

“I think it’s beautiful,” commissioner Barbara A. Hunger said.

“I think the architect should come up with some options,” Ryan said.

What exactly are the 195 Commissioners’ (or RIDOT’s for that matter) qualifications for designing parks?

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – June 30, 2014

West Side Park Pavilion

Conceptual design of pavilion on West Side park.

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, JUNE 30, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Two Weeks and Proposed Future Activities.
  3. Presentation by CDR Maguire of West Side Park, East Side Park and Pedestrian Bridge Design Plans and Discussion.
  4. Discussion of Latest Interim Use Submissions for District Property and Vote to Select Interim Installations.
  5. Discussion of Pending Liquor License Applications for New Nightclubs Near District Property and Vote Regarding Position of District with Respect to Those Applications.
  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 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law), specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (acquisition and disposition of public property).

  7. Discussion and Review of Proposals to Purchase and Develop District Property.
  8. III. Public Session

  9. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Two Weeks and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for July 21, 2014 Meeting.
  10. Vote to Adjourn.

195 Parks

West Side Park Design pdf
East Side Park Design pdf

Find further items related to this meeting and minutes of past meetings on the 195 District website.

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→ PBN: Garrahy parking garage seen as lure for development

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Image from Bing Maps

Contrary to conventional wisdom, things may be looking up for the future of Providence’s former Interstate 195 lands.

At least five organizations have confirmed making formal bids to build on the 19 developable acres freed by the removal of the highway.

One of them, a plan by Ocean State Angels and Cambridge Biolabs to build a life science accelerator at the corner of Richmond and Clifford Streets, is just the kind of “Knowledge District” concept envisioned by state leaders when they created the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission in 2012.

And perhaps even more favorable for commissioners, the General Assembly last week approved the construction of a $45 million, seven-level parking garage explicitly intended to boost interest in the land.

It would be enlightening to know what if anything those five bidders have said about parking. But since those discussions are held in closed door Executive Session meetings not open to the public, I guess we’ll never know.

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