News & Notes

→ Bloomberg: Icahn Urges Family Dollar CEO to Seek Sale ‘Immediately’ The retailer has been struggling to compete with rival discounters, drugstores and big-box retailers such as Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. To combat slumping sales, Family Dollar embarked on a review of its business this year. As part of its turnaround plan, the […]


Rhode Island Pride Festival and Parade – June 21, 2014

RI PrideFest will once again be held on South Water Street in Providence starting at noon. The Parade kicks off at dusk downtown running down Washington, Empire, and Weybosset Streets. Read the 2014 RI Pride Guide for more information about events leading up to Pride, performers at the Festival, and parties taking place downtown.


→ ProJo: Route 195 redevelopment panel hears pitch for life-science accelerator facility

ProJo gets some info about what took place in “Executive Sesion.” A lawyer, a doctor and an architect met behind closed doors Monday night with the Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission and Governor Chafee to pitch their idea to build a life-sciences accelerator in Providence with laboratories and all the co-working space necessary for 15 […]


Olneyville development and Atwells demolition appeal on the June 25, 2014 Zoning Board of Review agenda

Two notable items are on the June 25, 2014 Zoning Board of Review agenda. First, the proposed McDonald’s and Family Dollar Store in Olneyville seeks variances from Zoning: RPS ASSOCIATES, LLC: filed an application requesting a Dimensional Variance and Special Use Permit in order to construct two (2) new commercial buildings: a 4,316 square foot […]


Providence Geeks – June 18, 2014

Providence Geeks Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30 – 8pm AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap) RSVP at Facebook It was inevitable. On Wednesday the 18th, the Drones invade Providence Geeks… Providence-based startup Xact Maps specializes in high-fidelity aerial mapping solutions using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This is […]


Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission meeting – June 18, 2014

Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Meeting June 18, 2014, 4:30 PM 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Agenda Roadwork Report, Nate Urso, Providence DPW Providence Cylocross Festival, Richard Fries Motion: Bike Lane request for Pitman Street Discussion/Motion: request ordinance requiring sidewalk accommodation during construction projects Broadway Update


CNU New England presents “The Human Scale” – June 16, 2014

CNU New England, in partnership with AIA Rhode Island, is pleased to announce a screening of The Human Scale and panel discussion in Providence, RI. Join us for a viewing of this important documentary film about the work of Danish architect Jan Gehl. The viewing will be followed by an in-depth discussion about what Gehl’s […]


195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – June 16, 2014

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 16, 2014, beginning at 5 P.M., for the following purposes I. Public Session Call to Order: The Chairperson Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane. Approval of the Minutes of […]


City Plan Commission Meeting – June 17, 2014

City Plan Commission Meeting Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 4:45pm 444 Westminster Street, First Floor Opening Session Call to Order Roll Call Approval of minutes from May 20th meeting – for action Director’s Report City Council Referral 1. Referral No. 3377 – Petition to abandon a portion of Broadway The petitioner is requesting to abandon […]


Providence Preservation Society Festival of Historic Homes – June 13-15, 2014

Two Days of Post-Industrial Heritage in Providence for the 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses Providence Preservation Society’s Signature Event This Year Highlights Houses and a Mill Complex from the mid-1800s to early-1900s The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses, taking place this year on June 13, 14, and […]


Re:Zoning Providence Public Meeting – June 11, 2014

Presentation of Proposed Zoning Ordinance Mayor Angel Taveras will introduce the City of Providence’s proposed new Zoning Ordinance at a public, Wednesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. Bringing Providence’s zoning code into the 21st Century is a goal of Mayor Taveras’ economic development action plan, Putting Providence Back to Work. The updated Zoning Ordinance is […]


PPS: Save Rhode Island’s Historic Tax Credits

The R.I. House Finance Committee did not include historic tax credits in the proposed budget fr next year. The Providence Presevation Society has issued the following call to action: Act Now to Save Rhode Island’s Historic Tax Credits! Last year, the State Historic Tax Credit Program was reinstated, and 26 new projects are underway – […]


News & Notes

Proposed Florida Station in Miami. → Gizmodo: 5 Rail Stations From America’s New Golden Age of Train Travel With a high-speed rail network slowly making its way towards reality, cities are commissioning grand stations for the 21st century to accommodate this new mode of transit. Here are five stations on the horizon that are bringing […]


Capital Center Commission Meeting – June 11, 2014

Capital Center Commission Meeting Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • 12:00 noon Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room Providence, RI 02903 R.I. Credit Union parking lot in Capital Center. Image Google Street View Agenda Roll Call Minutes Approval of Meeting Minutes of May 14, 2014 Parcel 1: Union Station […]


Downtown Design Review Committee Meeting – June 9, 2014

Downtown Design Review Committee 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, […]