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City Plan Commission Meeting – November 19, 2013

City Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – 4:45pm
444 Westminster Street, First Floor

cpc-roundOpening Session

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of minutes from October 15th
  • Director’s Report

Minor Subdivision


43 Benefit Street – Image from Google Street View

1. Case No. 13-035MI – 43 Benefit Street meeting – for action The applicant is proposing to subdivide a lot measuring approximately 19,040 SF into three lots measuring approximately 6,135 SF, 6,071 SF and 6,833 SF – for action (AP 9 Lot 174, College Hill)

City Council Referral

2. Referral 3368 – An ordinance in amendment of Section 303 of the Zoning Ordinance A petition to amend Section 303 of the Zoning Ordinance to permit group quarters/halfway houses in M-1 zones with a special use permit – for action

3. Referral 3370 – Petition to amend the future land use map of the comprehensive plan The petitioner is requesting that the future land use map of Providence Tomorrow: The Comprehensive Plan be amended to change the land use designation of an area bounded by Prairie Avenue, Chester Street and Blackstone Street from medium density residential to general commercial/mixed use – for action

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New building on Benefit St. on Zoning agenda


Image from Google Streetview

A new building on the corner of Benefit and South Court Streets appears on the agenda for the Zoning Board of Review on April 3, 2013.

WALTER L. BRONHARD: 159 Benefit Street (corner South Court St.), also known as Lot 65 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 10, located in a Residential R-2 Two-Family Zone and within the College Hill Historic Overlay District; to be relieved from Sections 204.3, 304, 416.2 and 704.2 in the proposed construction of a new two-family dwelling. The proposed use is permitted as of right within the R-2 district; the applicant seeks a dimensional variance for relief from regulations governing substandard size lots, minimum lot area, minimum lot area per dwelling unit, height, side yards, architectural features and paving limitations. Further, a special use permit is being sought pursuant to Section 419.2 in order to provide a home occupation in each dwelling unit. The lot in question contains approximately 4,896 square feet of land area.

This location, lot 65, is next to the building which houses Geoff’s on Benefit. The lot extends above the retaining wall to a second surface lot off of South Court Street. We have not seen any drawings or plans for the proposed structure, so we can’t speak to that, however it is good to potentially see the one of the last surface lots on upper Benefit Street gone. Although the request for relief from “paving limitations” is worrisome.

It is actually rather surprising with considering housing prices on the East Side that this parcel remained undeveloped for so long.

Does anyone else have any more information on this proposed building?


GC: Photos

During the site rebuild I removed the Flickr sideshow in the sidebar. I’ve got to get that back up because we’ve been getting some great submissions to our pool. Here’s a few:

The Westins, Providence RI

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Benefit St. Armory May Day

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