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What Cheer / What Jeer 2013

We’re running a little late this year but we’re finally ready to run down the What Cheers and What Jeers of 2013.

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WHAT CHEER: South Street Power Station (Maybe)

In 2013 we got another plan to redevelop the moribund South Street Power Station. While numerous plans for the building, which at one point was known as the Dynamo House, have come and gone, this latest plan engenders optimism as Brown University is involved now.

In January the New York Times and then The Brown Daily Herald reported on rumors of the university becoming involved in the project. Then in June Brown announced it’s plans for the building in a letter to the campus community.

Those plans include a home for the long talked about URI/RIC Nursing School, office space for Brown, and some sort of retail component in the former power station building. Brown also has a developer engaged in building a student apartment building in the neighboring parking lot along Point Street and the City is involved in plans for a parking structure across Point Street from that.

The latest news on the project comes from the ProJo just before Christmas with reports that the PRA is considering condemning the building so the project can move forward.

While this could all be looked at as another in a long line of proposals for the building, Brown’s involvement makes this proposal seem more promising. 2014 will show us if this project actually moves forward.

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – December 9, 2013

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, December 9, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on November 18, 2013.
  3. Discussion/Vote Regarding Request by City of Providence to Store Snow on District Parcels.
  4. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities during Past Month/Action Plan and Target Activities November – March, 2014.
  5. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/ Tentative Agenda for January 13, 2014 Meeting.
  6. II. Executive Session

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

  7. Discussion/Vote to Select Firm to Provide Real Estate Brokerage and Advisory Services to the District.
  8. Presentation of Developers Toolkit by Goody Clancy LLC/Discussion.
  9. III. Public Session

  10. Vote to Adjourn.

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→ PBN: India Point project is the first out of I-195 box

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Developer Churchill & Banks wants to be a pioneer of Providence’s Interstate 195 land frontier.

The downtown developer hopes to build apartments, stores and offices on the former highway properties south of Wickenden Street on the city’s East Side.

But with the redevelopment process for those state-controlled parcels still some way off, Churchill & Banks is moving ahead with a mixed-use project on land it already owns next door, a development it hopes will influence the tone and direction of construction in the neighborhood going forward.

This fall the company unveiled plans for The Esplanade at India Point, a six-story, 29,000-square-foot expansion of the former Fuller Iron Works Building at 39 Pike St., now home to the Vanity lounge and headquarters of technology firm Swipely.


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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – November 18, 2013

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 18, 2013, beginning at 5:00PM, for the following purposes

Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meetings Held on October 21, 2013.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – Review of Activities during Past Month/Action Plan and Target Activities November – March, 2014 Including Discussion of Communications and Frameworks.
  4. Presentation/Discussion of District Audit by LGCD.
  5. Report from Fuss & O’Neill, District Engineers, Regarding Status of Master Permits from CRMC and DEM.
  6. Presentation by Brave River LLC Regarding Development of District Website.
  7. Chairman’s Report – Review of Activities in Past Month and Proposed Future Activities/Tentative Agenda for December 9, 2013 Meeting.
  8. Vote to Adjourn.

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→ ProJo: Residential construction, office space eyed for Fox Point land

The existing 3-story building on the one-acre lot now houses Vanity Restaurant. That portion of the development will house commercial tenants with the existing 11,000-square-foot structure expanded to 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The residential portion of the project will be new construction that includes 52 one- and two-bedroom apartments, including two penthouse suites. It will also have a rooftop garden. There will be 170 parking spaces for tenants and visitors.

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Image from Google Maps

This project was on the Downtown Design Review Committee agenda in September. The project is being called, Esplanade at India Point.

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