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Paved paradise…

In Buildingsby Jef Nickerson6 Comments

WBNA and CHNA lost their appeal today to keep the Old Public Safety Complex from being demolished, and not more than half an hour after the verdict was reached, the wrecking ball went to work, ProJo has the story here. While The Procaccianti Group does have a proposal to build a new structure at this location (dubbed the Empire at …

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Comment on the Old Public Safety Complex

In Buildings, Downcityby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Workers removing decorative facade elements from the Old Public Safety Complex on July 12, 2007. Dear Members of the Providence ZBR: Greater City Providence writes today to vigorously oppose The Procaccianti Group’s application before you, requesting a use variance to turn this potentially salvageable historic building into a temporary parking lot. Putting aside a moment conflicting reports of how damaged …

East Side graffiti clean-up results

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Saturday the 14th The College Hill Neighborhood Association, the District 9 Providence Police, the Providence Preservation Society, the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force, and Councilmen Cliff Wood and Seth Yurdin sponsored a graffiti clean-up on the East Side. Approximately 40 volunteers showed up to clean signs, paint mailboxes, sign-posts, alarm pulls, and buildings, and the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force van power …

I play a Geek in The Phoenix

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Photo © Richard McCaffrey for The Providence Phoenix Friend of Greater City Providence Jack Templin and his cohort Brian Jepson are the Providence Geeks. In last week’s Phoenix (still lingering on newsstands until this Thursday), Ian Donnis wrote a nice piece on the Geeks, geek-culture, and the technology industry in Providence. And I jumped into the photo taken last week …

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Fire at Grove Street School

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[box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: Sources state that the City has required the building’s owner, Michael Tarro “secure” the building within 7 days.[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/18: The Providence Journal: Arson unit investigating blaze at old school[/alert] [box style=”red”]UPDATE 07/17: The following photos were forwarded to me by the WBNA[/alert] From the Providence Journal: July 17, 2007 Update: Fire at former Grove St. …

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DRC to review Fogarty Building demo – Monday, July 9, 2007

In Buildings, Downcityby Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Rendering of 111 Fountain Street from The Procaccianti Group Tomorrow (Monday, July 9th), the Downcity Design Review Committee will consider a proposal by The Procaccianti Group (TPG) to demolish the Fogarty Building, located at 111 Fountain Street, Downtown. If the DRC grants the preliminary approval for demolition, the DRC will then review plans for the building proposed to replace it. …

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Benefit Street Graffiti Clean-Up – July 14, 2007

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The College Hill Neighborhood Association, the District 9 Providence Police, the Providence Preservation Society and the Mayor’s Graffiti Task Force, in partnership with Councilmen Cliff Wood and Seth Yurdin and Adler’s Hardware, invite the community to the Historic Benefit Street Graffiti Clean-up Saturday July 14th, 9:00am-12:00 noon. Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in this volunteer effort against graffiti. …

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Brown Bookstore topic of next GC: Exchange – July 10, 2007

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Our next Greater City: Exchange meeting will take place next Tuesday, July 10th starting at 5:30pm at Spats Restaurant. Spats is located at 182 Angell Street (near the corner of Thayer), we will be meeting on the lower level. At the meeting, representatives from the Brown Bookstore will be joining us to talk about their plans for the upcoming renovation …

Bradford Street safe, for now.

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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 …

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Next GC: Exchange – Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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Yes, next week. We’ve been a bit distracted with all this business about Bradford Street, but Bret was able to arrange for a location while he is on vacation out west. The meeting will be at Spats Restaurant & Bar at 182 Angell Street on the East Side. We will be discussing upcoming renovation plans for the Brown Bookstore. Our …

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In the News: Bradford Street

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Providence Business News: Luxury condo tower plans draw ire The Providence City Council is scheduled to vote July 5 on a street abandonment that would make way for a luxury, high-security condominium tower rising above Interstate 95 at the entrance to Federal Hill. Vista Della Torre is an $80 million, 33-story project at the intersection of Bradford and Federal streets …

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Don’t abandon Bradford Street

In Roadsby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Last October, hundreds of Providence residents, as well as city employees and elected officials, participated in the week-long kickoff of Providence Tomorrow, a neighborhood planning and growth process that showed that regardless of neighborhood, income or race, Providence residents support the move into the 21st century by making Providence a more urban, more walkable, transit-oriented city, while upgrading the quality …

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Next GC:Exchange – Tuesday, June 12, 2007

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Our next Greater City: Exchange meeting is next Tuesday, June 12th. We’ll be meeting at 5:30pm at Ada’s Creations 1137 Broad Street in Elmwood on the city’s South Side. RIPTA: Route 11 Our special guests will be Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services. Discussion topics will include: What role do the neighborhoods play in urban revitalization? How can we ensure equitable investment …

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Public meetings on Waterfront Park winning design

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Executive Office, City of Providence, Rhode Island DAVID N. CICILLINE, MAYOR Date: May 22nd, 2007 For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Southern, Press Secretary (401) 421-2489 x 752 ksouthern@providenceri.com PRESS RELEASE WINNING DESIGN FOR PROVIDENCE’S NEW WATERFRONT PARKS THE FOCUS OF TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS Mayor Cicilline invites the public to provide additional feedback as winning design moves closer to implementation PROVIDENCE …

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Street tree grant deadline

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The deadline for the next round of Providence Neighborhood Planting Program street tree grants is rapidly approaching. Applications must be postmarked or received by June 2, 2007 to be considered for a neighborhood planting for Fall 2007. Over 6000 Providence residents have taken advantage of the Neighborhood Planting Program, a private organization which award groups of Providence residents with 5-20 …

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GC: Exchange – Tuesday, May 8, 2007

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Quick reminder, the Greater City: Exchange is Tuesday, May 8th starting at 5:30pm at Jewel Cafe & Lounge 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District. At the GC: Exchange we will be viewing a presentation and having a discussion on the Transit 2020 Report. We’ll also be enjoying drinks, eats, and will have plenty of time to meet and speak …